Selebi gravely ill, says parole board

2012-08-07 15:38

Cape Town - Former police chief Jackie Selebi had kidney failure, a stroke, heart and eye disease, a pulmonary embolism, and motor function impairment, MPs were told on Tuesday.

This was why he was paroled, and not because he was politically connected, vice chairperson of the Medical Parole Board, Angelique Coetzee, said.

She said Selebi had been suffering from kidney disease before his trial, but decided not to disclose it.

"He was being treated long before his trial by a very [well] known physician," she told Parliament's portfolio committee on correctional services.

"When he was incarcerated in December it was not the first time that he was aware of his chronic end-stage renal failure. On his admission, he was in acute and chronic end-stage failure. The only treatment for that is dialysis, otherwise he would have died."

She said Selebi also suffered a stroke and a pulmonary embolism this year, and had severe kidney complications.

Four dialysis sessions daily

"The problem with Mr Selebi's dialysis is that you are using the lining of the peritoneal cavity of the body as a filter, so if you get infections into that lining you cannot dialyse him anymore; and then he will die."

She said he had two infections this year, and needed four dialysis sessions daily. His motor function illness also made it hard for him to dialyse himself.

"There was no favouritism, no minister phoning us. This is a clinical diagnosis," a visibly exasperated Coetzee said.

"We have got evidence of all the stuff that we are saying here."

Selebi, 62, was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for taking bribes from a convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti. He started his sentence in December after his final appeal failed.

National commissioner of correctional services, Thomas Swahibi, said the department realised there was a public perception that Selebi "was faking it" and wanted to dispel any notion of favouritism.

"I am comforted by the fact that the decision the department took was on principle," he told MPs.

"I am trying to paint a scenario that it was not in terms of preference as to which political party he belongs to."

Without explicitly mentioning the Schabir Shaik case, he said the department had tried to handle the Selebi case as transparently as possible because medical parole had become a controversial issue.

All inmates treated equal

"We as the department... convened a press conference, so the world and the country should know what we are dealing with and we should not be tarred with the same errors, if they were there in the past."

At this briefing, independent doctors testified that Selebi was suffering from end-stage renal failure.

National correctional services commissioner, Tom Monyane, said the perception that Selebi received special favours was putting at risk the careers of members of the department, and he wanted to make it plain that all inmates were treated equally.

"They receive the same medical attention as and when they fall ill."

Details of Selebi's condition were divulged despite clear directions from the committee chairperson, Vincent Smith, that the discussion should be confined to facts of procedure.

"We deliberately asked for this session to dispel any notion that there was something wrong," said Smit.

"What was he sick with? When did you expect him to move on from this life? I don't expect you to answer that... we ask you to contain yourself to the process."

He conceded that the controversial release of Shaik, President Jacob Zuma's former financial advisor, had made the public sceptical of high-profile paroles.

Shaik was freed on medical parole after he served less than one year of his 15-year fraud sentence, and has routinely been spotted playing golf.

Monyane said there was no possibility the Shaik case could be reviewed under the new conditions for medical parole in the Correctional Matters Amendment Act passed last year.

  • dean.armitage.351 - 2012-08-07 15:46

    I'm sure it won't affect his golf swing...

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-07 15:53

      Provided the guy does not get to entertain himself any more than he could in prison, then I dont mind his release. But yes - golf course seems likely... - 2012-08-07 22:04

      Ahhhh just put him out of his misery. If you ask me, they are blowing this ill health of him up so that we will feel sorry for him and not mind that he is out of prison. Wow, if everybody was as stupid as the ANC and the "Cadres", what would become of us? At least the watch dogs out there are keeping close tabs on them. VIVA DA

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-08-07 22:19

      The only way I'll believe the parol board is if Selebi proves them right and kicks the bucket.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-07 22:52

      Well he should have bought a Kidney on the Black Market when he had the money ! What is wrong with the man - could he not think of his future - or is that too much to ask the man that was Head of Interpol.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-08-07 15:46

    Does he have less than 30 years to live?

      Spiral - 2012-08-07 15:52

      with that list of ailments, he should be gone in about 10...9...8 :)

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-07 15:47

    as soon as Selebi goes ahead and dies I will believe you. put him in a room with clive and we can keep an eye on the scum from left and right

  • rorydeswardt - 2012-08-07 15:48

    with all those problems he should be almost dead by now

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-07 15:58

      yaah - but just look how well Shabir has done on parole. He has made a miraculous recovery! And to think that some cynics think that Shabir was sent home by political interference! Damn them, those people who try to tarnish the image our our honourable politicians.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-08-07 16:43

      fresh air and exercise does wonders for a mans health.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-07 15:49

    Can you believe it, and he is stil alive. We do have wonderful docters or he is a very strong man.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-08-07 15:49

    you know what ? ANC Fach you!

  • Jane - 2012-08-07 15:49

    oh please every single time someone with connections to the ANC is sentenced, they suddenly become "gravely ill" but are no sooner seen out and about at public functions or on the golf course. This country is a joke!

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-07 15:53

    Where to apply for parole my brother is seriously ill in jail mr editor

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-07 15:56

    Oh so he was dead and came out in a coffin.

  • loyiso.mdingwa - 2012-08-07 15:59


  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-07 16:00

    I personally will only believe that selebi is seriously ill when he drops dead!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-07 16:00

    Pfffff. I bet is going to die from many years from now, will see.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-08-07 16:01

    They are all living proof that there is a god indeed

      crazyjourno - 2012-08-07 16:08


      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-07 16:24

      Clarissa I think you should do an in depth story on this.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-07 16:04

    If u are part of the cANCer you are sick

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-07 16:04

    Ok, then, you all seem to insinuate that Shaik was/is not terminally ill. Take him back then we will start believing in you.

  • mmahlatji - 2012-08-07 16:05

    Insensitive..\r\nGuilty till proven innocent

  • Ian - 2012-08-07 16:05

    You left out corruption disease lock the filthy criminal up

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-07 16:07

    What shocks me the most is,he was aware of his "grave illness" going to trial-however he seemed to manage to live the high life just fine! Suddenly after the first day of arrest,he is dying! My question is: Derby lewis has cancer,so if the "same" tratment is goven to ALL applications,then why was it denied?

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-08-07 16:09

    What about the prisoners that die daily in prisons in Sa due to Illness - why are they not given parole or do they not have enough money to "bribe" their way out. The tax payer has to fork out their bill. Give them off as well - DO NOT DISCRIMINATE as you do but say you don't! Put Selebe back in jail And make him pay his own way - he has the money (that he stole from us).

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-08-07 16:10

    Some of you ouks suffer from a worst condition and swing you mouth better when both Tiger and Ernie swing there G-clubs

      crazyjourno - 2012-08-07 16:17


      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-07 16:32

      @Clarissa please just shut it spelling NAZI.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-07 16:13

    Well miracles in south africa do happen, we do have shabby shaik as proof. They are really icing the cake thick. If he was that bad why did he receive treatment when the lady of 67 at addington hospital was just left to die and her family found her body in a body bag stashed away somewhere. Oh I forgot, she was just a nobody and jackie selebi is oh well THE JACKIE SELEBI.

  • qiqa.mkanzi - 2012-08-07 16:14

    shame selebi

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-07 16:16

    voetsek, rubbish!!!, selebi is politically connected, not gravely, but gravy ill. this government thinks we stupid

  • sphiwe.msiza.96 - 2012-08-07 16:17

    Shame Selibe.. I have a feeling this more serious than it seem.

  • chris.smeda - 2012-08-07 16:17

    shame!lifes a bitch hey!

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-08-07 16:17

    The sins of the past have caught up with him !!

  • firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-08-07 16:20

    "...Jackie Selebi had kidney failure, a stroke, heart and eye disease, a pulmonary embolism, and motor function impairment." This sounds a lot.Sad for Derby-Lewis he only has cancer and gangrine.It is not enough according to the parole board

      lesego.boikanyo.79 - 2012-08-07 16:31

      Actually, Derby-Lewis' release on parole was supported by the parole board. Its Nosiviwe \I'll be Minister of Anything\ Nqakula that refuses to approve it.

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-08-07 16:22

    This is the only country where someone starts coughing a lil bit and gets paroled, Schabir Shaik is seen at Durban golf courses moering journalists and at mousques beating up fellow muslims, now is that person gravely ill?? I don't think so. 2010 December I recall seeing him @ a wedding of a Durban businessman in Kwamashu with a Khulubuse Zuma, and he was 100% healthy judging by the 40 year old bottle of Glenfidich that was repeatedly yanked out of a black Range Rover with an NUR registration plate. In Egypt Hosni Mubarak was brought into court on a stretcher and no matter how sick he claimed to be, he is still in prison. Honestly the parole board needs to be reviewed

  • johnodup - 2012-08-07 16:24

    He hardly appears GRAVELY ill on that stretcher in the photo... in fact, he looks decidedly shifty, as though he's just managed to pull the wool over the eyes of an entire nation !

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-08 08:25

      A decidely sly look, you are right. And a smirk. And very smug.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-07 16:24

    What is more painful is that poor prisoners are dying dailly and no one cares about their plight. Some of whom have been jailed for stealing R50.

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-08 08:25

      Well, I care nothing for those who steal and get imprisoned. I don't want them released into my community either.

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-07 16:25

    another words......he's doing well

  • Linds - 2012-08-07 16:25

    I can identify with this. My folks had a number of chronic illnesses, but they managed just fine for many years. That was until they lost everything in business, and being bankrupt. Their health deteriorated so fast we just couldn’t believe it. It was a combination of stress and the fact that they couldn't afford the lifestyle they were used to. Please don't misunderstand this as condoning corruption.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-07 16:56

      I agree with you Lind, stress and change in lifestyle definitely worsens the situation!! Some cases are genuine and I fear this may be one of them. I just can't be part of a cruel slur of words directed at a dying man.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-08-07 16:27

    I think Mandela made a mistake by letting some people go unpunished. The noise is too much. The man is gravely ill for heaven's sake.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-07 16:28

    Ja Ja, "f" u Selebi... Hey Garreth...can we be Friends??

  • Dakalo Tshisikule - 2012-08-07 16:35

    ag f*** who cares about dis oke hope he burns in hell wen his time comes

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-07 16:43

    With all that he should be dead, your bullsh*t just won't crack it anymore.

  • stephen.fienberg - 2012-08-07 16:43

    May his death be as painful and drawn out as the irreparable damage he has caused to the nation by propagating a corrupt police force!

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-07 16:51

    I definitely don't condone what Selebi did, but given his circumstances, I cannot possibly have the heart to wish ill upon his life or what is left of it. May he enjoy peace for the rest of his days. A certain degree of sympathy and forgiveness has to be exercised here.

  • paul.lotter - 2012-08-07 16:59

    if the average joe in prison had all these medical issues, would he also be allowed to go home? nada chance

  • sydthefirst - 2012-08-07 17:01

    News24, please stop refering to Convicted Criminal Selebi as "Former Police Chief". He has no right to that title.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-08-07 17:08

    Yet, he walks about like a spring chicken.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-08-07 17:10

    You wish that Selebi was dead and yet you call yourselves children of GOD, Born again christians, go to church every Sunday yet post such comments. Clearly the devil is dominating in this country. Wish you a speedy recovery Mr Selebi if you are really sick. One thing I know, each and every one of us has their baggages and only God can judge us not individuals.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-07 17:15

      I agree, goodguy. Some of the comments here are just heartless!

  • simon.carter.5836711 - 2012-08-07 17:13

    All those ailments and still alive?? Robocop is that you?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-07 17:26

    Give this ailing Madala some fresh air pliz. He is normal human being who also needs remission,love,care and support.He offended of course, But dont forget he also contributed to the country.

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-08 07:56

      He was NOT ailing when he was stealing, in fact he seemed quite healthy!!!

  • braamc - 2012-08-07 17:42

    Can't the filth vrek already

      Wally Walters - 2012-08-07 18:32

      Yes! so was SHAIK!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-07 17:57

    Corruption takes its toll....

  • james.else.58 - 2012-08-07 18:05

    I think that this is a stroke of genius on the part of Correctional Services ... all inmates who have had kidney failure, a stroke, heart and eye disease, a pulmonary embolism, and motor function impairment will now be eligible to the same medical treatment AND they get to go home to die with dignity (as per Sheik and Selebi). The GENIUS is that this will reduce the prison population radically and thereby the cost to the tax payer.

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-07 18:19

    Angelique Coetzee (my fellow Afrikaner - even more so a "DOKTER") Can we trust you???? You were sued for nearly R2 million for incompetent medical procedures - the result: the court awarding the claim to the plaintiff. PLEEEEEEZ. Just go and treat people's colds! As a medical parole officer you fail dismally!!!!

  • oschiff - 2012-08-07 19:38

    I just wonder who is the most ill of all, Selebi or Lewis. And who will live the longest.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-07 21:38

    No cure for cancer, but in South Africa there is a cure for the disease called "CORRUPTION" - scientists will marvel at this find. Shady Shaik almost at deaths door, released from prison and is miraculously healed - Selebi is still "gravely ill" or lack of "gravy ill" - give it a month he will be cured like Shady. The ANC needs to share this scientific find with the world.