Selebi’s new house rules

2012-07-22 16:00

Pretoria - Convicted fraudster and former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi faces a raft of strict parole conditions following his release on medical grounds last week.

Unannounced visits and random blood alcohol tests are just some of the conditions that are expected to be put in place to keep Selebi on a tight leash following his parole.

Correctional services deputy commissioner James Smalberger said despite living outside prison, he will be expected to obey any orders he receives from correctional services officials.

If Selebi violates any of his parole conditions - for the duration of his 15-year sentence - he could be taken back to prison, Smalberger said.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption two years ago after a marathon trial, which found that he received payments from drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti over a period of time.

On Friday, correctional services moved quickly to allay public scepticism about Selebi’s release.

Medical parole has been regarded with a large degree of cynicism since convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik was released from prison only a few months into his 15-year sentence.
Shaik’s doctors insisted he was terminally ill, but the former financial adviser to President Jacob Zuma has since been spotted around Durban playing golf, shopping and generally looking quite well – which has enraged many.

Selebi collapsed at his Pretoria home on the day that the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld his sentence in December.

Selebi’s wife, Anne, applied for her husband to be released on medical grounds because he is suffering from end-stage renal disease.

The department said the application forms Selebi completed were also completed by specialist doctors who confirmed his condition.

One thing which will change now is that Selebi’s medical bills will no longer be footed by the state.

Steve Biko Hospital chief executive Dr Ernest Kenosi said Selebi would have to pay for his own medical costs in future, “just like any other patient”.

  • francois.visagie.3 - 2012-07-22 12:48

    Go chck Selebi playing golf nd do shoppng afta 2wks,he'll bcum a director if nt already @ comp.Ths gov thnk we all 4 their stories

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-23 02:40

      Wasn't one of his parole conditions that he immediately hand in his golf clubs?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-23 08:08

      Ye, He handed in the stolen ones

  • kim.buren - 2012-07-22 16:14

    LOL I can see people enriching themselves with bribes here

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-22 17:44

      "One thing which will change now is that Selebi’s medical bills will no longer be footed by the state." Really? *Rolling eyes* This B.S. isn't even working on the ANC voters anymore, it's that old.

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-22 16:15

    He is a very ill person and it was correct to release him, but what about Clive Derby Lewis? Why cant he come out? Isnt he also ill? Or is it because "we are the oppressed" so our kind can get released. Even if it was Osama bin Laden, medical parole are for terminally ill patients

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-22 16:41

      Strict Rules for what? I thought he was "Finished en Klaar"

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-22 16:53

      Was'nt Osama paroled last year ?

  • zeno.calbaster - 2012-07-22 16:16

    He might as well be free, what he did wrong was less than a drop in the bucket if you draw a comparison

  • Busani - 2012-07-22 16:19

    he said it. "i wont put one foot in jail". the only thing Jackie Selebi said that was the truth.

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-07-22 16:20

    thought he was released on medical grounds that he was in a terminal state, if this is the case how can he be sent back to prison if he infringes any of the parole conditions, unless he is not as sick as they say

  • Tawizee - 2012-07-22 16:23

    Whatever dude

  • braamc - 2012-07-22 16:25

    Vrek already

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-22 16:35

    what a joke :-)

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-07-22 16:37

    This is all so familiar. How long before he can start his normal life? Sickening.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-22 17:48

      His miracle recovery started the moment he left the hospital.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-07-22 16:38

    Whatever,he's should be locked up in jail,what an embarrassment he's is to the country-head of Interpol

  • tony.dakyns - 2012-07-22 16:42

    Can someone explain in simple terms why after it has become abundantly clear that Shabir Shaik is not in imminent danger of kicking for touch that he can't be put back in prison to serve his sentence? This apparent dual legal system we have is a cause for shame and you can't blame the less privileged of all races viewing the whole thing with anything less than cynicism. I mean really, the terminally ill on the golf course and at shopping malls!

      Anthony - 2012-07-22 17:00

      very good questiontony---why dont they put him back in jail

  • TheVern69 - 2012-07-22 16:48

    So this is why Mandela bombed innocents for?!

  • Brian Heunis - 2012-07-22 17:04

    would also like to know why he is not back in jail...

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-22 22:12

      Yep, it does take a sick individual to do what he did, tienie. (& no, I'm not talking about taking bribes.)

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-23 16:39

      Okay, point taken.

  • dries.reyneke - 2012-07-22 17:09

    How the hell can we believe you?

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-07-22 17:09

    Who do you wanna kid here. I can remember Shaik was picture with a beer in in his hand at a party and nothing was done. The excuse, he was holding someone elses beer. How many times was Shaik found outside the bounderies. Next think for Selebi it a unconditionally pardon, so that he can go play golf with Shaik and go for the after parties. Nice to have buddies in the right places.

      vicky.vangemert - 2012-07-22 19:22

      Wasn't the guy caught on camera holding a beer at a braai Toni Yengeni?

      infijar.ken - 2012-07-22 20:38

      They can hold each others glass of beer!

  • sikhumbuzo.moloi - 2012-07-22 17:12

    Sorry,Mr Smalberger-your new house arrest condition on fraudster,former National Commissioner means nothing -already He has been let loose by medical Parole Board-do you think your official will ever give you feedback when Selebi is found drunk or have violated the conditions?No,all will be well as usual-sorry for that but its the truth

  • leon.vanderlinde.14 - 2012-07-22 17:14

    And Clive Derby Lewis is still behind bars. Now that is racism and apartheid if you ask me

  • christopher.phago - 2012-07-22 17:14

    S organization against corruption,maladministration and nepotism,mr selebi mst rot in jail like chris hani's killer

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-22 17:15

    If Schabir goes back to prison then he will want his money from Zuma and he might atart to tell everything.He has Zuma by the spear.

  • raditshaba.mahasha - 2012-07-22 17:25


  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 17:35

    If the constitution allows it then everything is fine. Personally I never thought he deserved the 16 year sentence in the first place.

      lindy.m.oliver - 2012-07-22 21:03

      You rt he didnt deserve the 16 yrs. He was a police chief so he should so he should have held to a higher std. He should have got a much longer sentence!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 21:25

      Please! People who admitted to pulling the trigger in the Kebble case are partying like Rock Stars and that's supposed to be justice?!

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-07-22 18:27

    It is better for Selebi to be out of jail because the public don't have to pay his bills (from taxes anymore). So, to me it is OK!

      pws69 - 2012-07-23 04:35

      He is still on the Police Medical Aid. This is government subsidised to a large degree, i.e. our tax money.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 10:27

      Rhino, sorry to burst your bubble, the tax payer will pay the bill and keep paying the bill.

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-07-22 18:31

    And Clive Derby Lewis is dying in prison. Do we have two sets of rules for parole?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-22 20:28

      Obviously, one law for ANC cadres and another for the rest. Of course if you are a white racist in the mould of Clive Derby-lewis there is afurther more stringent law.

      graeme.speed.35 - 2012-07-23 08:13

      i don't believe that Selebi should get out, it's a farce of justice. But you can't compare a bribe taking to CD Lewis killing someone....

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-07-22 18:35

    This tendency to go to jail to be released very soon may be gaining ground. This is another way out for members of parliament if, and when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. We should watch out for the disapearance of more funds that are needed to pay a few bribes to keep this tendency going.

  • Pieter Baartman - 2012-07-22 18:53

    All those parole rules is just to keep the general public quiet. Anybody with half a brain cell know that it won't be enforced because of his political affiliation.

  • christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-22 19:02


  • mlondozi - 2012-07-22 19:38

    Good grief. SA really is the laughing stock of this planet we call home. Our magnificent country is filled with a multitude of wonderful, loving and kind hearted people who are unfortunately being held to ransom by a few corrupt officials and a smattering of violent criminals. How is it possible that these recalcitrant trolls are able to intimidate and destroy our beautiful nation. There is a new struggle for South Africa... a struggle to overcome corruption and violent crime! Instead of focusing on our differences let us focus on the common goal of improving SA for ALL who stand for Integrity, Courage, Grace, Humility, Strength, Honestly, Transparency, Non-Judgement, Acceptance, Joy, Peace and Love. Now pack your bags and go back to prison FOOL. What more could you possibly ask for? Three free meals a day, free medical insurance, TV and as much sex as you can handle!

  • walter.tgsa - 2012-07-22 19:43

    Yeah, who believes all that is rather naive, one would think? And who is going to monitor these conditions, me wonders? Cannot wait for the first picture of the convicted criminal on a golf course. Probably later in August?

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-22 19:55

    And these strict rules applied to Shaik and that didn't last long did it...he was playing golf in no time and entertaining....guess he is cured from prison....sorry, his life threatening illness...Selebi to follow.

  • John - 2012-07-22 23:24

    Who on this planet is not terminally ill. The only guarantee in life is that you are going to die. The question is WHEN? Who cares how sick the thug is? Let him pay restitution to those consequentially damaged by his UNLAWFUL actions or omissions! Let him work for those that had to pay for his criminal defence. That is US, the people.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-23 01:15

    why would they threaten to take Selebi back to prison if he disobeys his parole conditions ??? they said he is too sick to be in prison (terminally ill), yet they will take him back ??? weird logic. he may as well hit the golf course. he's never going back no matter what. justice just aint equal in SA

  • pws69 - 2012-07-23 04:36

    Yengeni and Shaik have both broken their bail conditions, and NOTHING has been done about it. Why should we now suddenly start believeing these ANC cadres?

  • btabane - 2012-07-23 07:47

    this government thinks they can take all of us for a ride hey... this is not even worth the commentary FRAUDSTERS protect FRAUDSTERS

  • lloyd.venske - 2012-07-23 07:49

    How did the conversation of blood alcohol tests arise when he is supossedly so sick. What would be the point of this.....oh yes to placate the masses into thinking that we believe the government. Epic Fail!

  • mark.tunstall.18 - 2012-07-23 09:27

    "Convicted fraudster and former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi faces a raft of strict parole conditions following his release on medical grounds last week." ... How the hell can we believe you, how the hell can we believe you, you lie, you lie, you lie. And Jacob spearman Zuma stands a better chance of falling pregnant.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 10:21

    Wow, he can be taken back to prison. Geez what about Shabir Sheik?. Honestly these people must think we are all blooming idiots.

  • suleiman.ismail.5 - 2012-07-23 10:32

    this whole pardon thing is a joke , it really shows, its who you know story about these guys,

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-23 11:08

    Crime definitely pays handsomely in SA. Selibi I am sure is the only political figure ever charged with corruption in SA. Anyhow, his private hospital bill is only costing the tax payer R75 000 pm/ His legal bills 17 mil, he is being paid a full state pension. The Government insists he is not getting preferential treatment. The minister of health must produce hard evidence of all the other prison inmates that have the privilege of receiving medical treatment of R 75 000 / pm. If they had to receive dialysis, hardly available at Government hospitals, I am sure they would be left to die in their cells. They complain that not getting medical parole is against the constitution. I would suggest that as long as he receives some kind of medical treatment in prison, this should satisfy the Constitution. Probably released this weekend to take part in 702's 15 km run. Just how much should the public still accept from this Government of ours. Maybe we should all stop paying taxes, until they stop flushing our limited tax money down the drain on political elites.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-23 11:26

    These are not my comments, but those issued by a medical specialist in a News 24 article last Friday. Give one reason for a bit of thought though: "It is becoming routine for celebrities and the well-connected to suddenly become ill when facing the legal consequences of their actions. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarrak became abruptly and dramatically ill as soon as he faced serious interrogation about his actions, as did his wife, when she also faced questioning. But that didn't stop the Egyptian authorities from hauling him into court – in his hospital bed. Firstly, no politician, policeman, or celebrity should be treated in the slightest way more favourably (or, indeed, less favourably) than anyone else in terms of procedures, trial, sentencing or otherwise. They must have no special privileges of leeway not available to everyone else."

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-07-23 13:09

    His parole is no stricter that any other parolee. The rules are the same for all who are released. Others requesting release on medical grounds however are still sitting.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-07-23 22:58

    We all know that the medical report regarding Shaik must have been fraudulent. The doctors submitting this report should now be charged for perjury (lied under hypocratic oath as well so should be struck from the roll!) and be sentenced accordingly! This action would give back some creadence to the justice system. Perhaps even gain some confidence from the public least we would know that this type of action is not acceptable. Pipe dreams perhaps!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-24 13:11

    Selebi goie toneel speele om uit die tronk to kom!!! We know all these tricks and games of this useless government all these corrupt officials are birds of the same feather

  • jerry.pres - 2012-07-25 10:00

    Must he pay for golf clubs also or state will purchase for him.

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