Slight improvement in Selebi's health

2011-12-27 11:40

Johannesburg - Convicted former national police chief Jackie Selebi's health has shown a slight improvement but he remains in a serious condition, the correctional services department said on Tuesday.

"Yesterday [Monday] he was still serious but a little bit improved," said Correctional Services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise.

Modise said Selebi had remained in hospital over the Christmas weekend, and added that Selebi was already suffering from health problems when he began his prison term.

"We are trying to manage his condition."

The department is due to hold a media briefing about Selebi's condition at the hospital on Wednesday.

Last week, the department said his condition was too serious to allow him to be admitted to the Pretoria Correctional Centre to continue serving his sentence.

Kidney problems

The department has said Selebi is being treated for “kidney related problems”.

Selebi, 61, was taken to the nephrology (kidney) ward of the northern Pretoria hospital 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 giving him benefits that included 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.

  • Steve - 2011-12-27 11:47

    Time to get him into a cell then!

      Jack - 2011-12-27 12:15

      Are they qualified doctors? Why wasn't Seledi in hospital before his conviction? only after his arrest. I say get some real doctors to check him out, no AA candidates.

      Twolips - 2011-12-27 12:20

      @Jack. I am also very suspicious about his "kidney problems" so suddenly.

  • Sam - 2011-12-27 11:48

    How come DA is nt concerned about medical bill thusfar, when it suits them they are more concern , than when its not

      George - 2011-12-27 13:01

      @ paulmandlankosi, medical aid, he was fired as he was found guilty. All benifits should have stopped.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:07

      Sam, this attention is given to any prisoner that is seriously ill and cannot be treated in the confines of a prison. So what's your point?

  • Silver - 2011-12-27 11:56

    Still having an allergic reaction to prison are we?

  • nhlenganem - 2011-12-27 11:57


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      Sharon - 2011-12-27 12:57

      @Paulmandlankosi... Yes we are!!!

      Yar - 2011-12-27 13:10

      @Paul Frankly, yes.

  • Afrikopite - 2011-12-27 12:22

    I wish Selebi goes to jail but I have accepted that he may never step in those corridors again if he has ever.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-27 12:25

    WTF...CS sounds so worried about Selebi BUT..they intent on defying court orders and believing they above the law by challanging court orders after the fact....Corrupt to the core...can BET you CS going to recommend a medical parole for this dead beat Selebi...

      Arthur - 2011-12-27 20:49

      And then a miraculous recovery....

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  • Jacqueline - 2011-12-27 12:34

    Jackie Selebi is just another skelm. He is pretending to be ill just like that other fellow who was gravely ill and send home to die at home, but is now playing golf and nothing wrong with him. They are just doing what they are told to do. NOTHING will come of this, and the 'poor sick criminal' will be send home to live another day and to see what else he can do wrong and get away with. Check the look in his eye where he is laying in hospital. Does that look like like a sick person or a scheming person?!

  • mastersvoice - 2011-12-27 12:45

    I believe the doctors are giving Selebi the wrong treatment. If they really want him to recover fully, he must first be released from prison. Look how well that worked for Schaik - from death's door to the golf course, almost overnight!

  • Desmond - 2011-12-27 13:18

    maybe he should share a cell with Darby Lewis, No chance of a parol at all for whatever reason.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-27 13:26

    This is the way of the savage....murder, steal, rape and rob...then deny all culpability...and pretend to be ill...

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-27 13:37

    “kidney related problems” Ja and I am Joan Collins !!

  • Sam - 2011-12-27 13:51

    When taxpayers money is wasted in favour of DA thumbs up when not thumbs down

      bernpm - 2011-12-27 21:38

      Are you OK?? We are not talking soccer here :-))

  • Themba - 2011-12-27 14:01

    if it was someone else other than Selebi would the department of correctional services care for a convicted criminal like they are to Jackie

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:21

      Themba, I work with prisoners. The answer in most cases is "Yes" (I wish I could say in "all cases" but it's not as bad as you make it out to be)

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:24

      I suggest that you go and visit a few state hospitals. Walk around the various wards and you'll find Correction Service members in place guarding prisoners who are being treated the same as Selebi.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:14

    I have a suggestion: put a team together of DCS heads from the ANC together with their counterparts from the opposition parties. Get them to appoint qualified doctors from all parties to check Mr. Selebi together and then get a diagnosis that is going to be accepted by everybody. I have a feeling that Selebi is genuinely ill, but because of the way things happened with Shaik who was at death's door one moment and playing golf the next we are naturally very suspicious. Let's work together rather than throwing verbal rocks at each other....

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:17

      In other words I would like to see a collective statement made by representatives of the ANC, DA and IFP and any other interested party.

      Garth - 2011-12-27 14:51

      You want to waste more money on him?

  • Themba - 2011-12-27 14:22

    I don't know but what i know for sure is that the department of correctional services must think South Africans stupid. I wonder if it was someone else would that convicted criminal be given the luxury Jackie is recieving?

  • John - 2011-12-27 14:36

    I think of people like Mandela, who took whatever was dished out even it was totally wrong. He stood up like a man. Then I look at the excuse of a human being that was once our police chief and the lack of morals to face his sentence handed down by the copurts of the land. No remorse or shame !!!

      Garth - 2011-12-27 14:49

      Being put in prison for trying to murder innocent people by the cowardly use of publicly placed explosive devices, is not `totally wrong'. Are the actions of a suicide bomber `just', merely because he/she believes their cause to be `just'? Your analogy is incorrect.

  • Sam - 2011-12-27 14:37

    @nspaynter - December 27, 2011 at The ANC made a proposal to give Selebi a house arrest, the DA wanted him behind bars today they are quiet when the man is wasting tax payers money yet he already owes R17m to the state, how much is he spending in hospital, the Drs are laughing all the way to the banks

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:44

      Since when do political parties have a say in the sentencing of any criminal? That is decided by a court of law. And Selebi has been sentenced by a court of law. The governing party should not seen as to be trying to get special favours for it's members. Sam, there is too much politics in this process. That's why I suggested we put together a parliamentary multi-party team and get an UNBIASED decision that all South Africans can believe in. And BTW there are costs involved for ANY prisoner that has to undergo extra medical treatment.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 14:50

      Sam, another point here. If Selebi had been given house arrest who would be paying his medical bills anyway? Or are you suggesting that Selebi is not really ill and that if he was under house arrest he would be healthy and would not need medical treatment.

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  • Dinky - 2011-12-27 14:54

    Britain's Prince Philip has smiled and waved as he left hospital, four days after being rushed in for emergency heart surgery. Even a Prince is discharged as soon as possible.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 15:36

      Prince Philip had a coronary stent procedure which does not require a long stay in hospital. I have had friends who have had the same procedure and released the same day.

  • Sam - 2011-12-27 14:56

    @nspaynter - December 27, 2011 at 14:44 The Magistrate did their job, any political party in this instance can intervene with Correctional services to consider Selebi a medical parole to save our taxes, thats the reason I say DA is nt concerned about poor people they are there to make sure that ANC members are tortured at the tax payers money, for me its clear DA is similar to apartheid regime that was killing ANC, nt considering poor people

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 15:31

      It is the responsibility of the Correctional Services to review the health of ANY prisoner, including Selebi or Derby Lewis, and make a decision as to whether a prisoner is released on medical parole or not. Not the government. But my argument is that Selebi is broke so he would have to have State medical attention whether he's a prisoner or he's on medical parole. The tax payer would still have to foot the bill. BTW I have spent time in prison myself. The first few months I was still on Medical Aid and in that time I needed medical treatment. I was permitted to see my own doctor at my own expense and my doctor had to make a "house call" in order to see me.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-27 15:49

      I believe that if Selebi is really ill he will be considored by the parole board and granted medical parole. But after what happened with Shaik, this should be completely transparent so that everybody can accept the decision.

      Henri James Christie - 2011-12-27 21:03

      Ummm,,,,,, Sam, wake up and smell the roses!!!!

  • Ernest - 2011-12-27 15:44

    Hy werk met n slim plan mense.Hy gaan die hele tronkstraf doen ja, maar die staat betaal vir sy gesondheid

  • Greg - 2011-12-27 16:49

    He's feeling better because there's nothing actually wrong with him. Very convenient - he was in good health until his appeal failed, and then he "slightly feels better" over Christmas - to feed his fat stomach! Lying thief!

  • darren.peach - 2011-12-27 17:20

    Come on. Are we to forget the curious case of Shabir Shake who gets very sick if he is in Jail and the only cure is to be out of Jail....Playing Golf.... Seriously, Stand a few feet back and look at how corrupt the bigger picture truly is. We are so cynical about it we have lost the will to want Justice because SA is corrupt joke. Nepotism and corruption are so widley spread in our government that they disband law enforcement organisztions and Implement Media bills to hide it. Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt..........Did I mention Corrupt !

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  • Johnnie - 2011-12-27 20:24

    Give Shabir Shaik's doctor to selebi- that man is GOOD. He fixed Shaik up in a couple of days.

  • Rinnewien - 2011-12-27 22:10

    Press should stop soft soaping us. We all know he is not going to jail!

  • Elayne - 2011-12-28 05:38

    Like we car. Stop wasting time with reporting about this scumbag

  • Gwen - 2011-12-28 08:53

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up. .."

  • Johan - 2011-12-28 10:02

    Selebi does not need a doctor for a clean bill of health, he needs to be released from prison. Release him, and he will be as fit as a fiddle, as Shcaik!

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