Selebi won't get better, lawyer says

2011-12-12 22:39

Pretoria - Disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi, taken from prison to undergo tests on Monday, is in a "quite serious" condition, his lawyer said.

Selebi's visit to Pretoria's Steve Biko Hospital was to do with the medical condition he suffered when he arrived at Pretoria Central Prison a week ago, Wynanda Coetzee told Sapa.

"It's quite serious," she said.

"It will not get better."

Earlier on Monday afternoon correctional services spokesperson Sibongile Khumalo confirmed he had gone to hospital.

"He is a sick man and, being sick, he must undergo tests," she said without divulging any further details.

Selebi was booked into prison last Monday to start a 15-year jail term. He was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and for giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report. Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.

His appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, December 2.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, Coetzee said at the time.

  • pam.benink - 2011-12-12 22:50

    Ah... I wonder, is he ill enough to play golf with Shabbie?

      Brian - 2011-12-13 05:32

      Yup! Shaik syndrome should be a recognised medical term! While on that subject - what qualifications does a lawyer have to diagnose illness? I am sure there will be a miraculous recovery if, or should I say WHEN, a medical parole is given.

      Barry - 2011-12-13 14:10

      This "Go to hospital before going to jail, collect R200 and stay as long as you like" does not seem to be in my Monopoly rules. Seems it should be.

      Kala - 2011-12-13 15:11

      And as a prisoner of the state, his stay in hospital is paid for by us tax payers. Man what a life... These kind of stories inspire me to become a criminal.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-13 18:43

      Ok , OK , Ok, he is going to get a medical parole, what else should we expect. But what about the R17m legal fees he has to repay. Taxpayers want that back in the fiscal coffers. Now, before we forget about it.

      Michael - 2011-12-14 09:26

      Hi Pam, I believe the correct term of endearment for Schabir, is "Chubby". Chubby as in fat off his crimes and sitting on his ass.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-12 22:58

    Don't believe it for a second.

      Zion - 2011-12-13 05:04

      We don't

      charlesdesmidt - 2011-12-13 08:39

      Mpho, please remove the chip from your shoulder, thanks. Kind regards The human race

      Lerato - 2011-12-13 08:46

      @ Mpho get a life. The guy is corrupt and all you think about is racism??? You are so pathetic, yeah right blame everything on apartheid. So lets see that means Cele was suspended because of apartheid, all the ministers that were given the boot...its apartheid fault as well. You are such a racist go back to work Mpho.

      Darryl - 2011-12-13 09:06

      @Mpho, Ur honestly standing up for this corrupt official? Is he paying you to say this? I'm telling you now if someone in ur family was in prison and had the same problem i'm telling you now they will not get the treatment like ur corrupt comrade. It is pathetic that you all stand up for this man who has stolen millions from the poor. When are u and the rest of ur brain washed comrads gonna wake up and see how your ppl u voted for are stealing from you??? All I see is your ANC top officials getting richer and fatter while u all starve and live in shacks. 17yrs they have promised you houses if u vote for them, but all they give u is a free t-shirt, bread and soup to get ur vote and then leave u afterwards.

      Fanie - 2011-12-13 09:07

      Mpho, I think you should stop commenting because you just show's how stupid you are whith each an every comment you make. Stop embarrassing youself

      Merven - 2011-12-13 13:02

      Eish Mpho, demand your school fees back, NOW! You must be from the class of 2010.

      natasha.scherman - 2011-12-13 13:38

      Jeez who let Mpho out of his cage?!?

      Lerato - 2011-12-14 09:17

      @ Mpho sorry to burst your bubble bro but I am not a maid. I am a very hardworking young independent woman who resides in one of the upmarket Northern Johannesburg suburb. Oh yes, a few years ago I used to be waitress at Vacca Matta Monte Casino, worked in a call center but NOW i run my own paving company. The cars i drive, you will never afford them in your lifetime. Unlike you, i don't believe in your give me, give me mentality. I am proud of my hard work, that's what we young people need to go forward. Not a poor racist pig like you!!!

      Merven - 2011-12-14 11:19

      Well done and well said Lerato.

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-14 20:56

      We don't and that is why the doctor who says he is too sick to stay in jail must be prosecuted if a second opinion by a REAL doctor says there is nothing wrong with him.

  • Juicecard - 2011-12-12 23:00

    Eish!! sounds fishy lawyer saying patient won`t get better

      Walter - 2011-12-13 05:31

      Maybe he's a fisherman and not a golfer! This must be another leg pull.... Time to vote in the DA.

      Boer - 2011-12-13 07:33

      @Juicecard, absolutely! i wonder what this lawyer is costing the taxpayer...a person of the law and medicine, a highly skilled person indeed

  • eradingoana - 2011-12-12 23:01

    If he would have been in good books with Msholozi, he would be a free man now!

  • Frikkie - 2011-12-12 23:05

    Wat n pot SNOT!!!!!! Hoekom het die regering SANAB en die Child Protection Unit toegemaak? Dis omdat die ANC REGERING die drugs insmokkel ne die kinders uitsmokkel!!! Netso ook, sit die ANC agter die hijackings van die geld transport vans

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-12 23:19

    Sounds like the old trick which ANC guys pull. His would be suffering from Shaiklitis.

      RobertaKeeling - 2011-12-13 08:05

      He will no doubt undergo a Schabirrectomy, after which it's a good whisky and a few rounds of golf.

      Merven - 2011-12-14 11:19

      For some people in jail the government is doing too much and for others too little.

  • Thozi - 2011-12-12 23:20

    Poor Selebi, he's such a cry baby. Top policeman you said he was? One thing I need to ask though, the shoes, is he still wearing the shoes he got from his friend? I bet he refuses to take them off: finish and klaar!

  • Nande - 2011-12-12 23:26

    This is the same lawyer that protested his innocence?

  • renecia.wilson - 2011-12-12 23:28

    Even though Selebi is guilty, I feel the necessary steps that are taken is irrelevant, as they trying to proof a point, but yet, I am sure, he was only following instructions by doing what he did! Bear in mind: HE WAS THE country's former police commissioner, how about house arrest at that age, less tax payers money wasted on lawyers fees, medical aid, free food in prison and accommodation! This Government...

      Grant - 2011-12-12 23:38

      Who possibly could have instructed him to take a bribe from Agliotti? Logic fail!

      Grant - 2011-12-12 23:40

      It is absolutely BECAUSE he was such a senior cadre that an absolute example MUST be made. The higher you are, the further you fall!

      henniedotvanstaden - 2011-12-13 00:06

      He was made the commissioner, not that he had any knowledge or experience, he knew the right people, sorry for him, NO, he deserve to be in jail, not even in hospital. He was in co-hoots with a drug lord and that can not be disputed, he is corrupt.

      pws69 - 2011-12-13 00:27

      You can't be serious? Well, using your logic, Zuma as the top dawg, could get away with killing a few million, stealing a few billion, and house arrest at his R100 million Nkandla residence will be suitable punishment. **Shaking my head in complete disbelief** I checked your profile, you support the ANC, so your logic failure is completely understandable.

      craigtjames - 2011-12-13 07:00

      What are you talking about? Do you actually make sense to yourself?

      Merven - 2011-12-14 11:20

      Renicia, the same can then be said for Lewis, all criminals must be treated equal.

  • Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-12 23:46

    I had my fingers burnt 2 years ago, believing Shaik was dying. I even wrote a letter here saying he should be allowed to spend his last days driving his BMW since he wasn't dangerous. After that deception, I will not fall for this.

      John - 2011-12-13 03:49

      Johncarlos, as I have said on previous threads when it was announced that he had this sudden attack from a ""long time illness"" they were setting him up for a humanitarian release. Watch this space.

      craigtjames - 2011-12-13 06:58

      And we were told about 10 years ago that Mugabe was dying. Seems as if the weatherman and the medical/legal guys studied the same subjects.....

  • Kate - 2011-12-12 23:52

    I swear their employment contracts have a clause about what to fake when they get caught. Anyone else see a pattern?

  • Nick - 2011-12-12 23:52

    Doubt he can play golf, he cant see past his well-indulged belly. Give him at least 6 months in Sun City to drop a few kilo's then he's well primed to hit the course.

  • George - 2011-12-13 00:13

    PS stay where you are, the box is not ready yet

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-13 00:17

    Who cares!

  • pws69 - 2011-12-13 00:20

    Mmm, so the lawyer is now pronouncing on his health. Well, seeing as I am as qualified as the lawyer to speak on his health, it won't get any worse either. In fact, it is the same as it was when he was stealing, which is healthy enough for jail.

  • nokulunganzondo - 2011-12-13 00:35


  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2011-12-13 01:21

    Selebi is alone. If his other corrupt ANC tjommies also can land up in jail with him, they can maybe govern the prison where they are in and see if all the prisoner is going to allow the the way they governrd SA

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-13 04:56

    He was fine before he heard his appeal failed !!

      Shoosh - 2011-12-13 21:23

      And he will also be fine once he is released on medical parole, disgusting..

  • Zion - 2011-12-13 05:02

    Now lawyers are playing at doctor-doctor. With Selebi around South Africa will not get better either.

  • Daryl - 2011-12-13 05:25

    I will gladly give 5 cents so that these ppl can call the care bears because no body really cares!

  • leerobbertse - 2011-12-13 05:30

    Shame, I am very sorry to hear of your ill health Mr Selebi, I wish and pray for you to get well soon… OOOoops!!! Suppose you don’t want to hear that?

  • Annemarie - 2011-12-13 05:31

    No cure for aging. It will not get better!

  • Wesley - 2011-12-13 05:39

    Since when is can a lawyer give medical advice.

  • Mabel - 2011-12-13 05:41

    Does this disease have a name? Perhaps it is called ANCitis. You commit crimes, get caught, pass out and then find a crooked doctor to declare you terminally ill (I thought 3 had to declare you terminally ill) and then you get paroled. Who is the next to collapse so that he doesn't have to do his jail sentence? McBride? These cowards are a disgrace to humanity.

  • Juan - 2011-12-13 05:46

    Shaik episode II

  • Roy - 2011-12-13 05:52

    Of course he won't get better or not until he's on the "golf" course like that other crook Shabier Shaik. These people who steal are always going to look for some loophole to stay out of jail and unfortunately our law helps them because of their "human rights"

  • kappaj - 2011-12-13 06:03

    Why waste more tax money on medicine that won't work. Put him back in a cell with the rest al pronto.....

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-13 06:11

    stop lying there nothing wrong with him he wants turkey for christmas but now its only kool aid and ginger biscuits ha ha ha ha ha

  • collins.makgopa - 2011-12-13 06:12

    all alone he was healthy until his appeal was successful. is he really sick?r der no medical assistance in prison?

  • Robbie - 2011-12-13 06:15

    I hope he dies(soon).

  • Kevin - 2011-12-13 06:29

    Let's hope it is serious....will save us some of our hard-earned tax money having him die soon...although compared to what Zooma and the rest of the ANC are stealing, it would be small beer....

  • Sunil Muganpersad - 2011-12-13 06:31

    He betrayed the people of this country - he should be thrown into his cell and he can die in it

  • Andrew - 2011-12-13 06:41

    A question to ponder on if JS is treated outside the prison as he will not get better will Clive Derby-Lewis get better ??

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-13 06:49

    its serious alright - he's a complete crook and will never get better - 90% of the government has the same incurable decease ...

  • Dave - 2011-12-13 06:50

    Terminally ill with the "schaiks" - seems this is a common condition affecting all these thieving idiots - how long before, Zuma, Maharaj and the rest of the ANC Executives with long fingers gett symptoms ? Never mind, the Gov medical scheme will cover the cost of your golf clubs and green fees.

  • Joan - 2011-12-13 06:51

    If other people get sick they still go to prison? Why always make a difference with the peoples crime? Easy way out again

  • Larry - 2011-12-13 06:54

    Is his Lawyer a Doctor as well? This is shaping up to become another Sheik scandal.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 07:07


      Atholl - 2011-12-13 07:26

      The SA lawyers wears many hats: ... medical expert ... vehicle accident expert ... scientific expert ... maths and accounting expert ... illicit drug expert Ask any lawyer for the lotto numbers, the July winner or the Rugby WC winner [before] and he'll swear to his own expert advice. Ask after the result and he'll tell u he lost his learned hat.

  • Sheldon - 2011-12-13 06:55

    Send him to China they will sort him out very quick...

  • Munchk1n - 2011-12-13 07:00

    Actually, I hope he just pegs off, because he is just wasting more of our tax money by living in prison and getting medical treatment, and will likely get preferential treatment when in prison. They should have at least sent him to a government hospital, and made him wait 5 hours before getting served.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 07:06

      Steve Biko is a government hospital

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-13 07:01

    It is just high sugar !! Thousands of South Africans deal with it every day but only Jackie is a thief !!!

  • Vince.York - 2011-12-13 07:08

    Consulting even the nation's constitution I cannot find any clause that says a convict is not allowed to pass on to another world while inside prison, not even for political offenders that perpetrate far worse heinous crimes than murder and rape.

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-13 07:11

    Die quickly you scumbag.......

  • Arri - 2011-12-13 07:14

    Who cares!?

  • Julie - 2011-12-13 07:14

    PLEASE could someone tell me what illness he has got??? All you here he is "seriously ill".. OK WITH WHAT?????

  • Julie - 2011-12-13 07:14

    The more corrupt you are, the bigger a hero you are in SA!

      Sharon - 2011-12-13 12:04

      To certain people but not to me .

  • malcolm - 2011-12-13 07:15

    Give him a bag of Tick and send him on a flight to China.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 07:18

    Obvious build up to parole. Why feed us the bull excrement just parole him.

  • Fenderbender - 2011-12-13 07:18

    Good riddance to bad trash

  • Heather - 2011-12-13 07:20

    If you let him out of jail, I'm sure he will make a miraculous recovery and be playing golf in no time.

  • - 2011-12-13 07:27

    I like the title of the article. "Selebi WONT get better". If they said he "can't get better" or "doesn't seem to get better" it would have been different. And he probably WONT get any better until they send him home to be with his family for his "final hour". And then 2 weeks later he'll be on the golf course smoking cuban cigars!