Warrant issued for Jackie Selebi

2011-12-05 16:02

Johannesburg - A police officer has been given a committal warrant to make sure Jackie Selebi begins his jail sentence, but it will be up to the former top cop's doctor to decide whether he may be moved from hospital, the justice department said on Monday.

"A determination will be made at the time of executing the warrant as to whether he will in fact be moved to a correctional facility or be kept where he is [for] the moment," said justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

The officer was given a warrant of committal, which enforces a court judgment.

In Selebi's case this means that he serves a 15-year jail term after his appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday.

Selebi had watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his attorney Wynanda Coetzee said at the time.

He was taken to hospital in Pretoria and was supposed to have started serving his sentence on Sunday.

Coetzee met the Registrar of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday. There was no court appearance by the lawyers, and the time the former police number one had to report for sentence was not extended.

Tlali said: "If he is to remain where he is... his doctor will have to indicate in writing that, based on his medical condition, he cannot be transported to prison and for how much longer he would have to remain at the current facility."

This will then have to be conveyed to the department of correctional services.

The manager of the Jacaranda Hospital said their privacy policy meant it could not say anything about any patients.

Coetzee said a medical report had indicated that Selebi's episode on Friday was as a result of a long standing condition.

Coetzee would not say what this was.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report.

Selebi was also president of Interpol.

The national prosecuting authority said Selebi's lawyers had approached the agency on Saturday to say he might not be able to present himself to correctional services on Sunday.

They were told to approach the court registrar.

  • Willem - 2011-12-05 16:07

    Send him to the Gallows!!!

      Gert - 2011-12-05 16:32

      The law should state that you cannot serve sentence in a hospital, and that all prisons should have a small clinic where these fatcats can get used to the prison food.

      Alan - 2011-12-05 17:08

      Lethal injection rather. Let's get doctor Murray to administor it.

  • Bryan - 2011-12-05 16:08

    Bubba is waiting for you Jackie my boy....!!! And he's gettin impatient.

      Wes - 2011-12-05 16:14

      o O

      jacques.brits2 - 2011-12-05 16:50

      He will be asked to pick up the soap in the showers ;)

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 16:13

    Bye Bye Jackie. Save some space for Cele.

      Teri - 2011-12-05 16:32

      Cele has not been convicted in a court of law of nothing! Why is your fore fathers pig botha and the like still living kings when they are the worst criminals!

      Razz - 2011-12-05 16:44

      @Teri. YOU are A D@@S. Finish and klaar.....

      hcduplessis - 2011-12-05 16:55

      because we can!!!

  • Olive - 2011-12-05 16:14

    Look at the photo in The Star - my mother had two strokes - the first one her left side of her face was lopsided second one unconciuos - this Selebi HAS NOT HAD A STROKE and look at the smile on his face - HE IS A BIG FAT LIAR. Sick of this - If I commit a crime i'm going to be rushed to hospital as well - and let anyone say i'm faking it!!!!!!

  • Speed.E.ZN - 2011-12-05 16:14

    i have a feeling that the little bit in the last article wont mean anything now... "Beeld reported Coetzee as saying: "If the order is that he must go to jail, then that will happen.""

  • jhavenga1 - 2011-12-05 16:15

    funny how all criminals fall ill just after they've been convicted.

      Sybil - 2011-12-05 16:56

      No, no, only the high profile bastards get away with that. The other guys has no choice. They get chucked in, and that's it!!!

  • Deon - 2011-12-05 16:15

    He should be stable enough now to be transported via ambulance.

  • mothusi.matshe - 2011-12-05 16:17

    Poor Jackie,"these hands are clean!" my ASS.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-05 16:18

    Hands off Jackie Selebi! This country has far more pressing issues to worry about like nationalisation of the country's mines and the rest of the white monopoly capital! Why are we persuing an old man who has way passed his retirement age who only happened to take R 167 000 (not stolen) as a gift from his freind! We have executives who are killing the poor by colluding and inflating prices on basic foods and they are getting away with spot fines! Even those who kill our law enforcement agencies with their bare hands get fines and walk away for free! Jackie Selebi has done a lot for this country and this is the thanks we give him? This democracy and our constitution makes my stomach want to turn!

      Jerolan - 2011-12-05 16:24

      some people are so incompetent and should not be allowed access to a keyboard

      Marc - 2011-12-05 16:24

      Would you same thing if you someone you knew was hopelessly addicted to drugs? How can you say that the head of interpol who tipped off drug lords when and where interpol would be doing raids should be let free? You are clearly delusional my friend. He is directly responsible for the horrors that drugs have brought to our streets.

      Ian - 2011-12-05 16:26

      then what you doing on this site and on the internet, f off man

      pieter.haasbroek - 2011-12-05 16:30

      You clearly distinguish between big and small crimes. So I take it in your view corruption is a small crime, including the fact that Selebi lied all along and would not admit he took the money on offer? Is this an accurate summary of what you are trying to convince readers of your post of?

      rudihulshofphotography - 2011-12-05 16:31

      Only R167 000.00 you say? What about the over R15mil in lawyers fees that the tax paying public of RSA have paid for this criminal? He needs to pay this back remember!!!!

      Jason - 2011-12-05 16:33

      Phumezo, and how do you know he only accepted that amount, PS he took this money from a convicted drug trafficker-his friend as you put it - my ass mate!! He also showed him a UK drug investigation report - why one has to wonder, secondly what else has this top cop done?? Dont be silly mate, I dont care what he has done for SA - what has he done criminally is what the issue is here!!

      tripledunny - 2011-12-05 16:34

      What a noob you are.

      rudihulshofphotography - 2011-12-05 16:35

      Imagine, just in a perfect little world, where there is no corruption, there would be no need to persue "Pressing Issues like nationalisation of the country's mines and the rest of the white monopoly capital, because there would be surplus cash in the governments accounts to actually ensure that the people of the country are all looked after, and we would not need to try and be radical to get a few irate responses from the masses.

      sithembiso.mkhize1 - 2011-12-05 16:40

      Well upholding justice is one of those pressing issues that our country has Phumeza.... and in any case it will serve us (the public)well cuz it will scare off other influential leaders from abusing state positions/resources....

      Phumezo - 2011-12-05 16:42

      To this day I still wait for these reactionary groups with sponsored views to go and persue those who stole billions from the state pre-1994 who are living comfortably at the periphery of Stellenbosch and Paarl Estates!

      zterblanche - 2011-12-05 16:45

      100% agree with Jerolan. Phumezo, switch your monitor off, and back away slowly. Off a cliff.

      Shirley - 2011-12-05 16:45

      You are so right! He has done lots for the criminals of this country-given them a free for all. Glad you are not employed by me as you dont seem to see anything wrong in accepting bribes!As for the law enforcement officers who get killes-if Selebi was doing his job fewer would of died! This country has far more pressing issues,like getting rid of rascist "I want it all for me" people like you!

      Jerolan - 2011-12-05 16:49

      and as of this day I will wait for incompetence to be a crime so dump people like you can be locked up for good

      Kevin - 2011-12-05 16:51

      shame this chop only has 25 friends on facebook.....this statement is an outcry for attention!!!

      Simon - 2011-12-05 16:57

      It is the ANC Fat Cats who are killing the poor with their stupid government methods.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-05 16:57

      Phumezo ....BWHAAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAAA .....You so stupid HAAAAAA rolling on the floor from your comment. Dude some advice, some times its nice to say nothing and let people think you stupid, then to open your mouth and confirm it. Your comment is soooooo stupid that one couldnt possibly take anything you say seriously. I love the reponse you got here especially Ian's comment, yes

      Breedlike - 2011-12-05 17:12

      jou ma se seop

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-05 18:14

      The naivety @Phumezo of your comment is appalling, almost beyond belief - you speak about R167 000 (not stolen) - and glibly talk about this man being beyond his RETIREMENT AGE!!!! - My friend, you should make yourself familiar with the FACTS: This man SELEBI: *Singlehandedly closed down the specialist DRUG squad - and drugs are now rampant in SA * He closed down the CHILD PROTECTION UNIT - they were there to protect children from Paedophiles.....look at what has happened there. * He stopped Paul O'Sullivan of ACSA getting a R100 MILLION Airport Security cover up drugs being smuggled....and GAVE the contract to an incompetent cadre of his * He closed down some Police units, simply because he claimed "they were to white" In fact, Paul O'Sullivan says: "That man has got to go to prison for the 150 000 people who were murdered in the nine years when he was police chief, for the 500 000 women who were raped and for the two million people who were robbed." Which "executive" is killing the poor? Give the ONE thing Selebi has done for YOU, and ANY other person in this country......I just feel, sorry for his CHILDREN because they have been set a very poor example by somebody who should have known better!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2011-12-05 16:18

    Shamitis sick my ase just wants to back out of his term in Prison. Trying to get sympathy wont work this time.

  • Dean - 2011-12-05 16:21

    Since when does a doctor determine weather or not you're fit to go to prison? You took money and you got caught now take your punishment like a man you coward!

  • Ian - 2011-12-05 16:24

    selebi, cele and fatboy can be bum chums

  • Julie - 2011-12-05 16:26

    This is NONSENSE! He already cost the Tax Payers millions, now he wants to take the easy way out and lie in hospital which is also going to cost a lot! Bull! Fetch the wheelbarrow!!!!

      Anthony - 2011-12-05 17:02

      ambulance ,wheelbarrow, or a checkers plastic bag --but get him to prison

  • mothusi.matshe - 2011-12-05 16:33

    Obviously, Phumezo is smoking something or he needs to be smoking something.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-05 16:33

    Jackie Selebi is a first time offender and does not deserve this kind of treatment from our justice system. We will forever call for the total overhaul of the justice system and our constitution in particular! The issue of drunk judges should top the agenda in Mangaung next year and we hope that Mogoeng Mogoeng will assist us persuing this agenda moving forward! There are those counter-revolutionaries who want to set their narrow and selfish interests through courts and are hell bent on taking us backwards as Africans and black in partitular! I fully understand the presidents fustration with our courts!

      Jerolan - 2011-12-05 16:53

      I am almost convinced that Phumezo is Jackie himself, sitting in a plush hospital room laughing to himself that he fooled the justice system.

      Dave - 2011-12-05 16:59

      I disagree, I don't think you understand the basic difference between right and wrong.If you think that a drunken judge is more important the the billions being stolen each year from the country by corruption. The billions that can go into housing and job creation and not some fancey mansion in Sandton, yes you have a lot to learn about governance, open honest management and accountability. First time offender --- no --- first time caught--yes.

      Andrew Sheppard - 2011-12-05 17:07

      Phumezo you idiot!!

      Mkulisi - 2011-12-05 17:08

      The language used sounds familiar are you peharps the infamous Biko Lives if I may ask.

      Breedlike - 2011-12-05 17:17

      hey phumezo , you work at kumba iron ore, so you are one of the 6200 people who got a +/- R570 000 bonas , i see u managed to buy a laptop. You should buy yourself a brain.

      Christopher Hart - 2011-12-05 17:23

      Even if he is a first time offender he should be punished no matter in what condition.

  • tripledunny - 2011-12-05 16:33

    L0L president of Interpol as well. Yasas, our government is excellent when it comes to putting the wrong people in charge of the right things.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-05 16:40

    Of course doctor will say he must stay in hospital! Bet he got an early christmas bonus!

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  • Dmitri - 2011-12-05 16:48

    Who are we to judge him? Oh that's right - we are taxpayers.....GUILTY as charged...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-05 16:51

    Is that the same doc the treated and diagnosed Shabir.

  • Deon - 2011-12-05 17:05

    Just hope he does not have the same doctor as Shabir Shaik

  • Peter - 2011-12-05 17:13

    If the jail hospital is good enough for the rest of the inmates, it should be good enough for the elite as well. After all is he a convicted criminal.

  • Jim - 2011-12-05 17:19

    Prisons have hospital facilities - put him (and leave him) there

  • samuel.maphaha1 - 2011-12-05 17:21

    What kind of nation have we become? Sending a senior citizen to jail is just not on.

      Peter - 2011-12-05 17:27

      If that senior citizen for instance raped your daughter? Set him free? You are clearly not thinking or capable of rational thoughts. What is the difference between corruption where the CHIEF OF POLICE is the corrupt one and other crimes? He was suppose to set the example!! The leader!

      davieoosie - 2011-12-05 18:25

      Yes, why don't you follow your leader?

  • Maria - 2011-12-05 17:24

    Our legal system is failing us citizens and insulting our intellegence. They pulling the wool over our eyes. Let Salebi free, and he will get well very quickly.... It is all a move to win time, and get off the hook.

  • Ronnie - 2011-12-05 19:36

    Why the big WHOA. I am well over fifty and have not seen or experienced one politician not doing it fo him/herself. Go scratch in the history boys and girls. Ask a few questions, like where is the so called kruger millions, How did Smuts become so well off, Remember Voster and the good old citizen scandal, And I can go on right to Julies, Zuma and many others, Now the DA is using this as their road to political votes. No voice on ol Malaema at all so far. At least Selebi took it from a apparent drug lord. There is hundreds such events on a daily basis with Nigerians byuing high level officials. Many more officials steal tax money daily in all levels of goverment. Oops they just got fired not jailed. If I am not mistaken he only got a hundred grand or so???? Their was only two politicians in my book that thought they do it for their people, PW and he for the whites, and Mandela for all and could not achieve it. So why worry about Selebi. He did not murder innocent people (Stuff the Alogotti drug people, they can hit each other as many times as they wish)He did not rape. Rapist get lesser sentences. An yes I am a whitey, but fact is fact

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