Selebi's family grateful for parole

2012-07-20 17:39

Johannesburg - The family and legal team of corruption-convicted former top cop Jackie Selebi were grateful that he was granted medical parole on Friday.

"We are all very grateful and happy," his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said.

"He should have been allowed to go home a while ago already. His situation is very serious and he is very ill."

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced in Pretoria that Selebi would be released from prison on Friday.

An 11-member medical parole advisory board met on June 20 and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi, who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

Many financial implications

Selebi's wife was a qualified nurse, but it was not clear if she would look after him or if the family would hire professional help.

"There are a lot of financial implications and considerations to take [into account] before they can decide," Coetzee said.

She was not sure if Selebi would be allowed to go home on Friday.

"It came very suddenly, so I don't think it will happen today."

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.

He was convicted of corruption on July 2 2010 and handed a 15-year jail sentence.

Collapsed at home

Selebi appealed against the corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal. In December 2011 he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the appeal judgment on television. His appeal was denied.

This meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would stay in Pretoria Central Prison's medical wing indefinitely.

At the time he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment.

He suffers from diabetes and kidney disease.

  • - 2012-07-20 17:45

    If you going to be a criminal be a sick criminal it would seem

      rbphiri - 2012-07-20 17:53

      Get your free medical parole and golf clubs while stock last. ANC...paving the way to a greener pasture for potential golfers.

      Fazel - 2012-07-20 18:19

      They would be grateful, his crimes paid their debts but debt to society is still outstanding.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-20 18:26

      I'd like to know why Derby-Lewis, who incidentally has served 20 years of his sentence, is still in jail as he is more terminal than any of this cANCer bunch. I'd also like to know why John Citizen cannot get dialysis at a government hospital if they are over a certain age, yet Selebi the Crook manages to get it and he's well over the age limit. cANCer are PURE FILTH!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-20 18:31

      A famely living in disgrace through history for your kids to learn if there any books. Just a thought now we know why they dont want school books, so there kids cant read about there four (or 12) fathers

      bernpm - 2012-07-20 19:03

      "There are a lot of financial implications and considerations to take [into account] before they can decide," .....and a few millions is called "a kat in die sak"

      walter.tgsa - 2012-07-20 19:56

      This makes me so sick, I could puke (and I am close to do so!)! You are well-connected, you accept your prison term (but not necessarily spend one day in a jail, of course, private hospitals are so much more pleasant, and they appreciate the business too, I am sure!), you get released on medical grounds and live forever happily thereafter, mostly playing golf...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 14:53

      Irene. "Buthelezi" 5 To compare the case of Jacky Selebi with that of Clive Derby-Lewis is TOTAL INSANITY. Selebi did wrong; He accepted a R163 000 bribe !!! That other one is a terrorist, who brought our country to the brink of a civil war !!!!

  • ian.schietekat - 2012-07-20 17:46

    He will be taking up that great game of golf shortly.

      rbphiri - 2012-07-20 17:54

      Huston we have another tiger woods

  • - 2012-07-20 17:46

    If I was going to get many years in jail for been corrupt I would also collapse and be stressed.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-20 17:47

    Give that man a Bells!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 21:45

      Give that man a kidney! No doubt like a certain hyphenated mini-stress who managed to zoot her way to the top of list for a liver transplant, Selebi will find himself with an abundance of kidney donors. He's part of the enclave, the revered leaders and no matter what his later sins were, adherents are more afraid of him being an unappeased ancestor than the political fall-out of keeping him alive.

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  • rbphiri - 2012-07-20 17:51

    Just like Schabir shaddy snake, watch Jackass Selebi come to life...a butthole Lazarus coming back from the dead. Just great! it's now two criminals I have to share the golf course with.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-07-20 17:53

    Shouldn`t Clive Darby-Lewis also now be let out? No he is white and not one of JZ`s cronies!!!

  • michael.j.lotter.1 - 2012-07-20 18:05

    And who says crime does not pay? ... we live a &%&^$%&^ banana republic!!!!!!!

  • Hugh - 2012-07-20 18:12

    Hands up those who thought this would happen? I wonder what the difference is between one sick criminal and another. One murdered an ANC hero the other conned the Nation and his President. Yet another friend of the President has gotten away with an activity that is that is right up there with Murder - Treason.

  • tshepo.chiloane.5 - 2012-07-20 18:21

    Disgusted. this is a clear indication that our criminal justice system is not working. the politically connected with always get away with murder.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-20 18:26

    How many people white coulerd and black lives were indirectly affected by him taking bribes from a drug trafficer instead of locking him up he is a bad person even worst then a guy that murders one person

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-20 18:32

    Come on Selebi, hurry up and die already. We the taxpayers are tired of paying to keep scum like you alive.

  • Mlu BlueSavage Khan - 2012-07-20 18:33

    These matters should not be left to influenced "medical advisors" to adjudicate. Members of the public should. This is an indication that the democracy is a fiction

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-20 18:52

    Unbelievably Ridiculous situation here, Now this is why Detractors spew their spume & So do I regarding this Pest Selebi , Come now ....In the Cell and throw away the Key. This is the worst kind of Criminal cos he is a Traitor to RSA and It's people for stealing Government funds. My President, You need to stop these pests and make another example here or we lose a little faith in your Leadership cos this is Blatant...remember we are not stupid.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-20 19:02

    Justice is the time for your tears, South Africa.

  • ekke.oupa - 2012-07-20 19:07

    How can we believe you........?

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-20 19:35

      You can't.It is in the genes,the makeup and culture to LIE.

  • philicity.akariko - 2012-07-20 19:15

    Its so easy for the ANC to get parole,after being sentenced to 15 yrs u only serve few months,whilst our children are rotting in waiting trial for petty crimes ie-robbing a cellphone

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-20 19:20

    Effing corrupt coon with all his black people have effed this country up

  • milo02 - 2012-07-20 19:21

    Proof's in the pud....steal and you become a gaoverment minister...steal more and you go to prison only to be set free....where is this country going to when the goverment does things like this?

  • balu.mqadi - 2012-07-20 19:26

    Dis is lots of bull......... Its a wonder how all ANC's Corrupted people get medical parole

  • neville.welthagen - 2012-07-20 19:27

    When is this toss of a criminal going to pay back all the cash that was spent on his prosecution now that he's being released on medical perole (medical to be paid by us ) what a tool. Justice my bum

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-20 19:29

    I've heard that story before.Shaik was on death's bed about two years ago and miraculously recovered.Amazing how quickly one recovers when let out on parole.We live among a band of Thieves and LIARS who have no shame.But then again it's BMM.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-07-20 20:26

      They've got the recipy

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-07-20 19:36

    hayi ndincam├Čle amamenemene kazuma ubonile nosiviwe mapisa nqakula akawenzi umkhonyovu wamsusa wafaka usbusiso ukwazi ukukhulula amaqabane orhwaphilizo kuba naye ukwelocala

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-20 19:43

    The Goblin was probably influential here.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-20 20:25

    What a disgrace. How are law abiding citizens supposed to be motivated to be positive any more in this country?

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-20 20:28

    Sanity prevailed at last.

  • sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-07-20 22:00

    Its not surprising it was Yengeni,Shaik now its Selebi are we really equal?How many inmates who are seriously terminally ill they still rot in jail.

  • Leslie Matlou - 2013-04-08 11:53

    Jackie Selebi said 'These hands are clean'.LOL

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