Selebi's medical management 'complicated'

2011-12-28 12:10

Pretoria - Convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi needs to stay in the medical wing of prison indefinitely, officials said on Wednesday.

"His condition is critical but stable at this moment," his doctor, Heleen Bierman, told reporters in Pretoria.

She said he suffered from "end stage kidney disease".

"It's reached the stage now where renal replacement therapy has become imperative," said Bierman.

Doctors had recommended that he stay in the medical wing of prison once discharged from hospital.

Chronic illnesses

Correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane said various chronic illnesses complicated Selebi's condition. He had "uncontrollable sugar diabetic levels", "soaring hypertension levels" and "also had to undergo laser therapy to both his eyes", said Moyane.

"He is currently being treated by a team of doctors at the nephrology (kidney) department... his condition is very serious but stable. Because of the abnormal and stressful conditions of incarceration and his age being against him, the combination of his chronic illness compounds his medical care conditions," Moyane said of the 61-year-old.

He said correctional services had received a medical care report, according to which Selebi's medical management was complicated because of his diabetes and need for dialysis.

His medical team advised "he be kept indefinitely for the period of incarceration in the medical wing of the correctional facility".

Selebi was taken to the nephrology ward of the Steve Biko hospital in northern Pretoria last Monday under armed guard.

The disgraced former police chief was booked into prison on December 5 to start a 15-year jail term. He was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, and for 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 December 2. Selebi watched the judgment on television at home and collapsed when he heard the outcome.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2011-12-28 12:23

    Fine no problem ... IN PRISON not the Medi-Clinic.

      Jason - 2011-12-28 13:08

      Well then he shouldn't have broken the law then he could stay home to be treated.... Send the corrupted bastard to jail.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-28 13:16

      I will take back every nasty thing I ever said about him and his illness when he dies .....Cos thats the only time I will believe his end stage kidney disease.

      Paul - 2011-12-28 13:44

      Let's have a second and third opinion please...

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-28 13:48

      He is not in medi-clininc you knob!! Read!!

      Michael - 2011-12-29 08:03

      @Steve: "Doctors had recommended that he stay in the medical wing of prison once discharged from hospital." He is still in the Medi-Clinic. Maybe you as th knob should learn to understand what you read. Why did he all of a sudden have these problems after his appeal was overturned?

      ALCAB - 2012-01-10 15:26

      Did he only need specialized treatment after his appeal failed ?

  • Tiyisela - 2011-12-28 12:25

    atleast the poor old man can still be out of the cells is NOT a good place to reside in.

      Theo - 2011-12-28 12:29

      He Should be locked up like any other criminal

      tony.bosman2 - 2011-12-28 13:32

      And so should the poor old man Derby-Lewis not be suffering in prison seeing that he is terminally ill.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-28 14:38

      Poor old man seriously ?????? very sympathetic there! Im sure he didnt spare a thought for the masses living in shacks when he was doing all his mis deeds.

  • Tiyisela - 2011-12-28 12:29

    cells are hell

      igno1 - 2011-12-28 13:09

      Its heaven on earth

      Grant - 2011-12-28 14:32

      If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

  • Martin - 2011-12-28 12:31

    Do criminals still have any pride to do time for what they do or are they all just wimps?

      Mike - 2011-12-28 14:35

      Watch! "IF" anyone gets caught with the "arms-deal" probe, they all will have terminal or chronic illnesses!!!!

      nasheenar - 2011-12-28 14:39

      Yeah exactly be a man and just go to jail ...enough with the shinanigans sheez!!!!!! they just dont make crimnals like they use to.

  • Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2011-12-28 12:36

    Maybe he let himself go during the appeals process to avoid prison...

  • Michael - 2011-12-28 12:38

    I wonder if all prisoners get this level of health care and attention?

  • Norman Leslie - 2011-12-28 12:41

    Watch the upgrade to medical wing of that prison now...

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-28 12:46

    Was he even near a doctor before he was sentenced ? High blood pressure and high sugar are treatable !! "He also has to undergo laser therapy to both his eyes" Well not with the previously mentioned severe illnesses !!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-12-28 12:47

    I'm sorry, but diabetes, hypertension and laser therapy are all things that are managed QUITE fine by us normal plebs without having to live in hospital... Treat the schmuck and throw him into his little steel cage where he belongs....

      Shoosh - 2011-12-28 16:26

      Quite right Rowan, the most common advise given to diabetics is to lose weight, Jackie seems to be carrying quite a bit of excess baggage, must have been from his "bread diet when on overseas trips".

  • Comrade - 2011-12-28 12:59

    B U L L ....... S H * T !!!!!!

  • Comrade - 2011-12-28 13:00

    The court case cost us 50 million + his R50 million he will never be able to his fake medical bills will cost us another 100 million. These anc pigs know no boundries of trash!!!!

  • Azande - 2011-12-28 13:01

    "We have taken serious consideration of the crime committed by Mr. Selebi and deliberated on the rights he has within our facilities. We have come to a conclusion that we release him under medical parole as his health condition is not getting any better and deteriorating day by day"..... This is coming, watch the space.

  • Warwick - 2011-12-28 13:06

    Why do they (Shabby Shaik and now Selebi) always get very ill after being sentenced? Up till then they are in great health.

  • igno1 - 2011-12-28 13:08

    Can't "they" decide on a golf course!!!!

  • Trevor - 2011-12-28 13:15

    WHO THE HELL is paying for all of this...convicted criminal...ANC..get rich or die trying....just give him medical parole and see him with Shabir Shaik on the golf course next week.

  • Paul - 2011-12-28 13:17

    Hospital wing or no hospital wing, if he is in prison he is going to be somebody's bitch. Baba Ben Dover!!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-28 13:21

    Boo hoo! Kharma is a bit@h!

  • Humble - 2011-12-28 13:24

    what a load of cr@p! all of a sudden he's at end stage kidney failure??

      igno1 - 2011-12-28 14:15

      Booze problem!

  • Larry - 2011-12-28 13:27

    The only thing this guy is suffering from is the Shaik's

  • braamc - 2011-12-28 13:28

    The condition so serious suddenly. Rot in hospital and jail, piece of rubbish

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-28 13:38

    The hate displayed in the comments on this report are quite disturbing. Unfortunately I think the Shaik treatment has had a lot to do with it. And also the special treatment of Yengengi when he was in prison. If Selebi is seriously ill, and I believe he is, he needs to be treated like any other prisoner who has committed a crime. And I am saying this as a former prisoner who has served time for committing a criminal offence. If a prisoner is ill he/she is placed into a hospital facility within the prison. If the treatment required is not available in an internal facility they are transferred to a state hospital until they are well enough to returned to the prison hospital. If the prisoner has access to private funding they can apply for private medical care. If the prisoner is genuinely facing death a special parole board is set up to assess the patient and if the problem is serious the prisoner can be released on medical parole (NOT TO PLAY GOLF!!!!!!) Unfortunately there does not seem to be a procedure to return the prisoner to prison if they recover. That needs to be and should be enacted by parliament. My gripe with Selebi is that he has been given an immediate Group A status. Apparently all members of the SAPS or SADF and elderly people do not have to wait six months, as other prisoners, to be awarded a Group A status. I have never heard of this before and know of elderly prisoners who have had to wait for their Group A status like any other prisoner.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2011-12-28 13:40

    I suspect his condition is going to devolve into Shaikalitus.

  • Chris - 2011-12-28 13:56

    Why dies Selebe gets special treadment? How many white prisoners died because they could not get special treatment.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-28 14:04

      I have spent time in prison and I also work nowadays with prisoners. Your racist remark makes no sense to me. All prisoners are treated the same regardless of race.

  • Paul - 2011-12-28 14:05

    Just euthanize him,its considered humane,will put an end to his "suffering" and it will save the state millions in his future medical bills and golf club fees

  • Max - 2011-12-28 14:13

    Rather give the treatment to a more deserving member of society...not a jail bird.

  • igno1 - 2011-12-28 14:14

    Why so complicated to pick a golf course?

  • Beetroot - 2011-12-28 14:20

    give him some onions....

  • Ben S - 2011-12-28 14:24

    Pleased to learn that if I become old and sick without money to pay for medical care I have the option of comitting a big enough crime tohave free medical care for the rest of my life.

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-28 14:34

    Dear Jackie, can suggest a great golf coach when you need one. Get well soon, Schabir.

  • TwistedLemon - 2011-12-28 14:41

    Exploiting diabetes, the kidney problems and lens implants to stay out of jail makes me want to puke. Millions of us have the same condition and get by. This sensation seeker should be sent back to jail.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-28 15:27

    I still think he is malingering. If he was so I'll how come he was not hospitalized long before his sentence was communicated?

  • John - 2011-12-28 15:38

    I'm amazed at the seriousness of his apparent afflictions only manifesting themselves the moment he heard that he had lost his court appeal. A rhetorical question; what would his medical situation have been had he won his appeal?

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2011-12-28 15:48

    Wonder how many other prisoners receive this type of medical attention... none I say, unless you politically connected that is!

      nspaynter - 2011-12-28 16:12

      I am a former prisoner and this is standard procedure of all prisoners. Read my comments December 28, 2011 at 13:38

  • Mmamorena Renie Motshwanedi - 2011-12-29 08:50

    Ba the fak imali uzobona.... I thnk the doctors and Tom Moyane are being paid. I knw it might sound like Im being incensitive. My point is how many prisoners gets this kind of medical attention..? only the elites prisoners like Selebi, Tony Yengeni and Shaik.

  • Zebelon - 2011-12-29 21:18

    Before his incarceration Selebi had to foot his medical bills. As a result his illness and need for treatment were not brought to the fore. Now that he is a convict, the state has to pay for all his medical treatment and hospitalisation(treatment that is never afforded the innocent sick citizen in the street); suddenly, the push to give him treatment for the pronounced severe condition has become urgent and prominent. That is very cute of him, and hoe to the taxpayer who is expected to pay all the way.

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