Selebi's condition worsens, in ICU

2012-01-23 07:53

Johannesburg - Former police chief Jackie Selebi has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday.

His condition was believed to be deteriorating.

A hospital official said a "weak" Selebi was moved from the nephrology (kidney) unit where he was undergoing dialysis to the ICU last Wednesday.

He was wheeled into the hospital's nuclear medicine unit for x-rays, the official told the publication. This is where they check for cancerous tumours.

Selebi is also being examined by cardiologists.

Correctional Services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise could not confirm or deny that Selebi had been taken to ICU.

The former head of international police unit Interpol was admitted to hospital in December.

He collapsed in his Pretoria home after learning that his appeal against a 15-year jail sentence for corruption had failed in the Supreme Court of Appeals.

  • George - 2012-01-23 07:56

    Good bye

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-23 08:41

      The article should read as, “Former police chief and convicted fraudster.”

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-23 09:04

      Or: Selebi the corruptor of public trust. The taker of underage virgins or the one stealing from old-age homes or even molester of small boys. All these things are the type of things that we hate in our society, because they destroy public trust. But the police man that lets the criminal run free is ten thousand times more dammed. Let the scoundrel die. The tax payer urges you.

      Mike - 2012-01-23 09:28

      Can someone please tell me that IF his appeal was successful, would he still be sick???

      Ian - 2012-01-23 10:39

      WE WANT PROOF!!!!!!! The only pictures we had of Shaiks 'terminal illness' was a photo of him on the golf course,put a webcam in his room so that we can monitor his 'condition'!!!!!!

      Janice - 2012-01-23 10:55

      Do you think hes going to die soon???

      aprilia.mille - 2012-01-23 11:26

      Finish and Klaar!

      nasheenar - 2012-01-23 15:06

      Cool maybe he will die soon, and we can save on his golf membership.

      Mike - 2012-01-23 16:52

      To all those who gave me the "thumbs down": Can you "at least" give me a sincere answer to my valid question??

      Anthony - 2012-01-23 17:04

      Early this morning, I made a comment re Jackie Selebi. I believe it is a disgrace for him to be in ICU, while he is a prisoner, and that he has not been pardoned , or at least, freed. The reaction was frightening; At the very least I got 600 "thumb down" , within a matter of hours!!!! There were plenty insults directed at me. But both of these, did not bother me, as if you believe in something, one should have the courage to stand up !! Sometime during the day, News24, for some unknown reason, deleted my comment,including the many reactions to it. But , the most frighening part is; The unbelievable reaction to this article. The HATRED and the RACISM were mind bogging.... It had certainly nothing to do with combatting crime!!!! I am 63 years old, and for the very first time in my life, I say; I AM ASHAMED TO BE WHITE!!!!!!!!

      Joumaseperd - 2012-01-23 21:25

      Maybe someone is standing on his oxygen pipe.

  • kritzinger - 2012-01-23 08:02

    He's dedicated, I'll give him that much.

      Kosie - 2012-01-23 08:15

      he'll get "worse and worse" until his medical parole is approved and then he'll suddenly live another 20 years.

      Sharon - 2012-01-23 10:38

      Has anyone wondered what would happen if he actually died? Lets think about this.... We paid his legal fees, we are paying for his hospitalisation, so logic dictates, he will probably get a state funeral.

  • procold2 - 2012-01-23 08:05

    if or when he gets released his health will improve and his doctors will say he's a walking miracle

      Jackie - 2012-01-23 16:57

      Absolutely! And you know the sooner he goes the less money he costs the taxpayers!

      Schmee - 2012-01-24 11:19

      Of course his health will improve. Jail is stressful and stress causes health problems. I'm sure all 150 000 other offenders will agree with that.

  • George - 2012-01-23 08:06

    Can I have you car please

      amos.mcinga - 2012-01-23 16:13

      You cannot write a descent English sentence and you still want to make jokes about a sick man.You are pathetic.

      Assis - 2012-01-23 18:39

      @ Amos...I think you meant decent instead of descent. Just saying.

  • Pietertjie - 2012-01-23 08:07

    Great news. Hope the murderer and crook crosses over soon. Lekkerrrrrr.

      MoAfrika - 2012-01-23 08:40

      Who did he kill?

      Ronald - 2012-01-23 08:54

      @Mo.He killed the Celebe that had integrity (if ever).

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-23 09:20

      @MoAfrika - by his past actions he is INDEED, by extension, killing people DAILY - name ONE of his achievements whilst in office. Drug use has now become rampant, even endemic. Do your research, and you will find out where this stems from..... Selebi is on his way down -- but the criminal networks which supported him seem to be flourishing. He was small-fry, a petty profiteer. Let's hear more from those guys who kept Selebi in those lovely suits...

  • Peter - 2012-01-23 08:10

    He will do anything to obtain his "Get Out Of Jail " card. I Feel sorry for this guy, he has to endure all that hospital food and the nurses ( hee hee ). At least I know where some of the tax payers millions are being spent.

      idille.borchers - 2012-01-23 14:26

      Shame. Maybe Mbeki can help him to get his free pass.

      Mientjie Coetser - 2012-01-23 18:14

      Peter, I am one of "the nurses" who works in that hospital, and have worked in that ICU. After 6 years of trainig I might one day be one of "the nurses" who might save your life. You are one to give criticism, though you have never been treated in one of our ICUs.

  • Matthew - 2012-01-23 08:12

    Too much Johnny Blue and coke

  • Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-23 08:15

    Don't warry comraid, I'm making a plan. Just keep up the charade a little longer.

      JustMe - 2012-01-23 14:46


  • Herbert - 2012-01-23 08:16

    Why consider medical parole if he gets free, mahala, gratis medical care in ICU. He is already millions in debt, does he realise what private ICU cost? Stay, relax and recuperate.

      Cina - 2012-01-23 08:49

      I don't this he or his family is paying for it, it is us fools the taxpayers that are paying for his nice cozy stay.

  • Steve - 2012-01-23 08:19

    "Doctor's today confirmed Selebi's condition had deteriorated to the point where he could no longer decide whether to have a chardonnay or a Riesling with his lunch. In related news, fellow crook Schabier Shaik was seen playing a 6-iron from 140 meters out on the 3rd hole out his local golf course. 'See how weak he is?' said Correctional Services spokesman Rswipe Mugabe '140 meters is an 8-iron for most folk' !

      Ben Nel - 2012-01-23 08:30

      Classic Steve!

      Mabs - 2012-01-23 12:54

      Now thats a good Monday laugh!!

      Hendrik - 2012-01-23 13:52

      And shakky Shaik wants his money back (2million)from Zuma and a presidential pardon thrown in as a bonus. Will not surprise me if he gets both.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-23 08:21

    Are most of you totally crazy !!! This man was convicted of taking..........R166 000.........!!! Sure, R166 000 too much, but the one who paid him, drug trafficer Glen Agliotti, has never spend ONE day in jail !!!!!!!

      Stephen - 2012-01-23 08:35

      Sadly "This man" was the Head of the police, if he is allowed to get away with fraud, then by default all who have committed fraud should be set free. His past does not allow him to commit a crime.

      Byron - 2012-01-23 08:53

      Ant i dont agree with your reasoning but i do agree that most of the people commenting is sick and crazy for wishing death upon a man. I dont condone his actions but i also do not condone the publics persecution of him.

      Robbie - 2012-01-23 08:56

      @Anthony you chop-thats R166 000 that we know about. Put your tik pipe down Anthony.

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-23 09:00

      Wasn't he head of Interpol at some stage too? Wonderful relfection on South Africa's performance ability to the international community. @ Anthony ... quit waving your handbag around

      Newsreader - 2012-01-23 09:05

      Byron.... You are an idiot, I will retract my comment if you can provide me a single strand of morality associated with this human that is paid to serve and protect his country! If you think the comments are unsavoury, then open your eyes and see who is stealing our tax! Its my F*#king tax that oils the tracks for this gravy train! I am sick and tired of this ANC joke. If Malema can stand on a podium and excrete the BS and people lap it up, then this confirms the society we live in. Barbaric!

      kevin.moreland2 - 2012-01-23 09:17

      @ Anthony you need an education!!

      Juan - 2012-01-23 10:13

      Well Anthony the amount is peanuts compared to the blatant theft going on in the ANC government. He was none the less the CHIEF OF POLICE an organisation that's supposed to bring criminals to book, NOT DO CRIME. No excuses, Celebi got exactly what he dererved.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-23 10:18

      I other words Anthony. There are other "comrades" who were involved? Having Selebi as an escape goat, they are able to keep Agliotti out of jail??? READ YOUR OWN WORDS!!! " This is not how we should treat our heros who helped free SA from tyranny !!!!! "

      Jerhone - 2012-01-23 15:19

      TO DUTOIT COETZEE He may be your hero but don't say OUR hero you are taking liberties with your OUR hero crap, this coming from someone who's parents could not think up a christian name for him

      Craig - 2012-01-23 20:22

      Throw in Interpole too. Guy has made SA look like corrupt two face thieves. Thanks for nothing Mr Selebi...

      Schmee - 2012-01-24 10:55

      Ummmm can DuToitCoetzee please explain what an escape goat is? Oh wait ha ha I get it. That is a common name for Shaik and Selebe. Shaik is the accomplished escape goat and Selebi is in training.

      Schmee - 2012-01-24 11:14

      DuToitCoetzee could you please explain to us what an escape goat is? Oh wait ha ha I get it. That's the common name for Shaik and Selebi. Shaik is accomplished at it and Selebi is still in training. Anthony, Selebi was in a position of great trust. He was under oath to serve his country with honesty and integrity. He is not just a common criminal. And as for Glen Agliotti unfortunately sometimes the police have to cut a deal with bad guys in order to catch the really bad guys. The R166 000 that Selebi was caught with is only the amount they can pin on him without a doubt. There is a lot more where they didn't have concrete proof. The outrage that your fellow South Africans are voicing lets me in some way have hope in this country. If everyone had said that he should be let free then I would be worried about the morals of my fellow countrymen. The fact that Selebi is still in jail is refreshingly different.

  • Conrad - 2012-01-23 08:21

    I wonder what his gholf handicap is... He must get better soon. Shaik is waiting on the green...

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-23 08:22

    Quick give him a lethal injection before he dies on us

  • Larry - 2012-01-23 08:24

    Either he goes to Jail or he dies. Whichever, it's OK with me.

      robqb - 2012-01-23 09:33

      NO Larry. If he dies now he gets off lightly. Let him push a few years just to get the taste.

  • Warwick - 2012-01-23 08:28

    Ag shame, poor boy.

  • Blip - 2012-01-23 08:29

    It's a stage-managed set-up.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-23 08:38

    The article should read as, “Former police chief and convicted fraudster.”

  • Vicky - 2012-01-23 08:38

    BLoody hell, our prisons must be something! They all have the ability to induce the most life threatening conditions on God's earth!! I mean, the dude is being checked out by oncologists, cardioligists, he is on dialysis, flip, it sounds like multiple organ failure - almost as bad as what the drug addicts and their families went through after getting hold of the stuff old Selebi helped ship into the country. Sounds like justice to me...

      Mfosi - 2012-01-23 10:08

      Touche' Vicky well put.

  • Cina - 2012-01-23 08:45

    I wonder who is paying for this hospital visit, but as usual I suppose it is us the poor tax payer.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-23 09:08

      His medical aid

  • Desmond - 2012-01-23 08:50

    Too much Johnny Walker via the drips. Take out the drips and switch off the machines and he will have a remarkable recovery.

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-01-23 08:56

    What a joke

  • ndumiso.magagula - 2012-01-23 09:02


  • Sharon - 2012-01-23 09:03

    Oh please .......... must I have sympathy now ...did he have any sympathy for anyone

  • Panana Ruben - 2012-01-23 09:04

    come on guyz give Selebi a break, same wud hv hppnd 2 u!

      Archie - 2012-01-23 09:10

      have you had special ANC training in logic

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-23 10:33

      No, the same will not happen to me. I am not planning to steal or be corrupt. That was his choice and the parole, requested, is for that. With sickness you do not have a choice and even if one was outside one would have been in hospital. The offence stands, the judgement must stand and the punishment must stand! When sick you will get treated. When healthy again you will do your punishment. If you going to die in hospital the punishment does not make it faster. Neither is parole making you healthier. What about the other prisoners who were not known or connected before going to jail? He is now supposed to be on the same level than all the other.

  • Stephen - 2012-01-23 09:09

    I don’t believe a word of it, this guy is going to be pardoned soon, he won’t spend a day in jail, one of the chummies. who's paying for the ICU, the tax payer,..... parasite.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-23 09:11

    next thing, we will hear that he "died" and they cant find his body!!! while he sits in a tax paid yacht in the seychelles!!

      Stephen - 2012-01-23 09:27

      I like that one, haha, quite possible.

  • ndumiso.magagula - 2012-01-23 09:14

    Selebi never killed anybody, his sin was to take bribes amounting to R120k while he was a police chief. Quite frankly i think the sentence was harsh, however they had to make an example of him. He is certainly not a criminal dat is supposed to die or that we cant live with in the community, ther is far more worse criminals out ther who kill for a mere R1000 and Isnt it ironic that u get convicted for taking bribes whiles the person who bribed u is busy enjoying overseas trips? Ts funny how this justice system operates. If ther is a person that shud be rotting in jail it is Agliotti. He is the real criminal here

      Stephen - 2012-01-23 09:29

      That is the standard sentence for corruption, world wide.

      march54 - 2012-01-23 09:31

      He WAS Chief of our police force and Head of Interpol at the time. He has not set a good example to the country and the world. Prison is where he should be.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-23 11:31

      Selebi swore an oath of office

  • Roslyn - 2012-01-23 09:18

    Ag shame,, Who is paying this medical bill.. Maybe Shaik.

  • miyo27 - 2012-01-23 09:27

    I hope he voted ANC otherwise he's not going to heaven..

  • Kieron - 2012-01-23 09:32

    Shaik really did mess it up for anyone who "might" be legitimately ill. Such a pity that there is so much ranting and raving over someone who may actually be critical. Guess its a sign of the times that the nation is so cynical.

  • lubabalo.mgqatsa - 2012-01-23 09:35

    Let him die,thier time is gone.

  • Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-01-23 09:35

    'showerhead' is the one who is supposed to be in ICU.

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-23 18:17

      Watch it!

  • Paul - 2012-01-23 09:36

    I 'smell' a medical parole coming up soon.....

  • colleen.figg - 2012-01-23 09:40

    cannot believe some of the comments on here. sickening to take joy in another's suffering.

  • Xoli - 2012-01-23 09:41

    Tick tock your time is running out Selebi.....

  • Ally - 2012-01-23 09:43

    See the tear in my eye!

  • Mimo - 2012-01-23 09:47

    Presidential pardon is on the cards - ...;)!!!

  • Angelo - 2012-01-23 09:49

    This man is seriously ill! The only cure will be to give him medical parole. I heard it does wonders, just ask Shabir Shaick!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-23 09:53

    At a least his condition is worsening in ICU and not in prison cell. Others conditions are worsening in prison cell not in hospital.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-23 09:57

    what you are telling us is Selebi is ready to be relaeased (in good health)

  • Julie - 2012-01-23 09:59

    There are MANY who did worse things yet they are walking free.........

  • Vernon - 2012-01-23 10:00

    The Hawks should confirm whether these illnesses are legit. If not... Papa wag vir jou!!!

  • Mfosi - 2012-01-23 10:07

    Milking it for all its worth! Jackie youre just delaying the inevitable, you could have already served a couple of months already and maybe received a presidential pardon in a couple of years (not that your corrupt ass deserves it) but bottom line is that you are going to gaol my friend even if it kills you!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-23 10:22

    At least he is making more of an effort to prove "Terminal Illness" than Shaik did. Selebi will get out on medical parole coz he has been diagnosed with severe renal failure, cancer of whateva, and a very weak heart, and anything else his legal/medical team can dream up. A$$HOLES!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 11:00

    Dont waste print space with updates-just let us know when he has kicked the bucket so its 1 less moron being sponsored with tax payers money!

  • braamc - 2012-01-23 11:19

    I am willing to make the sandwiches, all welcome after the service for tea and sandwiches.

  • sas.kloppers - 2012-01-23 11:41

    If this criminal departs I won't even blink.

  • Valerie - 2012-01-23 11:44

    Sad, is he really sick? And what about Shabir Shaik? Put him in jail ICU with Selebi!

  • Jackie - 2012-01-23 11:55

    Toodles! Shrug

  • Sunbakedguppy - 2012-01-23 11:58

    Why dont we ask the Chinese what we should do with him??? The only thing that defeats "evil" is good. Does he have money? Take that and give it to the poor not the goverment. Distribute ill gotten gains for the benefit of the poor... turn the gravy train around!