Selebi switches to private hospital

2012-07-30 18:48

Johannesburg - Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi is no longer a patient at Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH), its CEO Ernest Kenoshi said on Monday.

"Yes, Mr Selebi has stopped being a patient of (SBAH) for now. He requested SBAH doctors for the transfer to Jakaranda Hospital last week, and he is responsible for his own medical costs," Kenoshi said.

He said peritoneal dialysis was the kind a treatment that patients were often trained to do themselves at home, hence its colloquial name of "home dialysis".

This kind of dialysis involves having a permanent tube in the patient's abdomen, through which fluids are introduced and flushed out.

Kenoshi said Selebi could return to SBAH anytime he wished to resume treatment there.

Earlier, there was no explanation as to why Selebi failed to arrive for dialysis treatment for a week.

According to The New Age newspaper, Selebi received treatment at the hospital last Monday.

Selebi was granted medical parole two weeks ago and placed under house arrest. He was convicted of corruption in 2010 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Last week, there was speculation Selebi could have "jumped" the dialysis waiting list of about 80 patients.

Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said Selebi had not received preferential treatment.

"The decision to provide treatment was not taken on political grounds, but by his doctor, on medical grounds, after they assessed his medical condition."

Democratic Alliance spokesperson James Selfe said it was unlikely Selebi could afford to keep a dialysis machine in his home for the treatment, in view of the fact that he owed the state R17m in legal fees.

"I don't think it will be possible for him to get the treatment at home, since the dialysis machines they use are expensive."

According to The New Age, it was possible that Selebi was using his police medical aid to have dialysis at another health facility.

  • Henk - 2012-07-30 18:51

    Thought he was bankrupt?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-30 19:10

      Only his morals...

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-30 19:52

      No he organize enough kickbacks when he was still doing his thing

      scarette1 - 2012-07-30 19:56

      His budies, jacob and the rest, are paying, so are you and me. Part of the 5,5% oom jaap signed for

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-07-30 22:23

      Ironic from an ANC runned government hospital to a private hospital. What about the millions of people that can not afford a private hospital? The big shots dont even trust theire own goverment run hospitals, thats why they go to private hospitals.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-30 19:03

    ja ja even i believe this.....

  • - 2012-07-30 19:06

    Tax payers, paying for this?

      Villiew - 2012-07-31 12:08

      most likely

  • jan.chrzciciel.9 - 2012-07-30 19:06

    And he couldn't perform home dialysis in his cell?

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-30 19:14

    Aaaaand whO is gonna pay for this? Jackie you unemployed... That means NO income! Go. Look at the medical facilities the rest of SA have to use if they a criminal and unemployed - you frikken corrupt evil B! I hope the tokilosh shags you broken in hell

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-31 11:47

      Grace, Selebi is still receiving his wages. Ask the ANC how that is possible.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-07-30 19:18

    Please ensure that he does not go to any hospital in Pretoria city; it's not safe there.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-07-30 19:19

    How about I donate a kidney? That way you can serve your 15 years, I get paid the amount that would have been spent on dialysis and after 15 years (or if you die before the time) I get my kidney back. Deal?

  • craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-07-30 19:22

    probably meet on a golf course sometime soon with shaik to have a good old laugh.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-30 19:26

    Just diagnose this old man so he may serve his long term in prison not around hospitals, convicted but still warm in the pocket damn SA is nice.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-30 19:41

    I lately wish my taxes were spent on meaningful upliftment but this seems to be a pipe dream !

  • nellchu.xabata - 2012-07-30 19:47

    Some get dialysis in jail... Some get dilated...

  • scarette1 - 2012-07-30 19:57

    I'm sure Shabir told him there is a place where you get better soon, 1 week and then you play golf

  • alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-07-30 20:01

    " peritoneal dialysis was the kind a treatment that ..." Kind a? Kinda like what ? Or is meant to be kind OF? Yes, completely irrelevant, but surely journalists should have an excellent command of the language they report in? If their writing skills are questionable, what are we to feel about their reporting skills?

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-30 20:03

    See how they trust the hospitals for the poor?Why he didn't stay at Steve Biko Hospital. Why a private hospital, is not bankrupt anymore?

  • Wesley Bischoff - 2012-07-30 20:16

    So if he can do it at home, why did he have to leave prison? He can do it in the cell... These f*cking people and their bullsh*t

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-30 20:42

    These anc ministers and (ex-ministers)...truly don't give us (the public) much credit....they keep feeding us with total lies..NOTHING they go public with, do I trust....Selebi is not at deaths door...they lied....he probably doesn't require a dialysis machine at all....time will tell

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-30 21:10

    Is it impossible to flush the pipe out inside prison? Something right out of line here!

  • KennySven - 2012-07-30 21:17

    WHO'S paying for this thief. The SAP medical aid? and I suppose he is still getting full pay.(Medal to follow) Oooo I is too sorry.I did forfget too cancell hiss mooney

      peter.j.cock - 2012-07-31 07:30

      And I thought that with the conviction, he was fired from the Police. So how can he use the Police Medical Aid to pay for his treatment?

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-31 07:05

    is this how they beg for votes, what a bunch of scum

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-31 07:18

    Oh hell this is so funny - this from the man who wanted the state to pay his legal fees because he was short of money. Private hospital stands at R6000 a day just for the bed (i would rather be in the Michelangelo for that price). I wonder who is paying now - should be investigated - is he being bankrolled by the ANC because he was the fall guy or by someone else.

  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-07-31 07:30

    Obviously paying with all the bribe money he stashed away!! I still say he suffers from "Shaikitis".

  • godesha - 2012-07-31 07:53

    I know why he did not pitch for treatment - because he doesn't need any. He must have had a miraculous recovery, just like our buddy Shabir.

  • Poaul Zwarts - 2012-07-31 08:24

    How can he get treatment elsewhere if he is under house arrest?

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-07-31 08:29

    So the government hospitals aint good enough for him, but must be for the rest of us?

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-31 09:05

    The anc of today is just built on lies and corruption. We can not trust this zuma anc. They always make a great lie and when they get found out they use every single excuse to try cover up. This Selebi crap is just gonna turn out the same way as Shabir and he is gonna be miraciously healed. Well if that does happen then he must go back and serve the rest of his 15yrs. The ANC of today will always and forever be a bunch of big, fat, corrupt, uneducated, uncaring and gravy train polaticians. Down with ANC!!

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-31 10:29

    Need to urgently check that Selebi is not sneaking through the back door and getting the over taxed public to carry the private medical costs of a convicted criminal. Further to the 17 billion legal fees he owes the State, surely the first step would be to seize all his personnel assets such as fancy houses, cars, holiday homes, and all the most expensive hi fi, TV , furniture etc available in the country. This would happen to all normal criminals, and that is exactly what he technically is.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-07-31 11:22

    FFS!!! Is he STILL breathing????? Die already you criminal!!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-31 11:43

    Police Medical Aid???? What else is he allowed to use?. Honestly why am I surprised?. I suppose the legal bill will never be paid either and the tax payer can cough up that money again. Blooming banana republic.

  • kenneth.tlankanyane - 2012-07-31 13:11

    Let him bask in a moment, its not like he is Spending money on fansy parties like some people we know.

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