Selebi's release constitutional: ANC

2012-07-20 16:53

Johannesburg - Not releasing terminally ill prisoners would be a serious violation of the Constitution, ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said on Friday.

"The Correctional Matters Amendment Act... ensures that the rights of offenders who are seriously and terminally ill are protected, and that they can request release on medical grounds," Motshekga said in a statement.

"To not release terminally ill prisoners would not only be a serious violation of the Constitution, but a morally repugnant abuse of human rights."

He said corruption-convicted former top cop Jackie Selebi's release on medical parole was in line with the new medical parole policy.

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele announced in Pretoria on Friday that Selebi had been granted medical parole.

An 11-member medical parole advisory board met, on June 20, and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

The United Democratic Movement said it hoped that Selebi had "learnt his lesson".

Public scepticism

"We also hope that his incarceration sent a strong message that crime does not pay," UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance said that given the public's cynicism around medical parole due to the Schabir Shaik "fiasco", Ndebele had to give assurances that the correct procedure had been followed.

"Given the huge degree of public scepticism about medical parole, it is essential that the government comes entirely clean about Mr Selebi’s medical condition and the procedure that was followed in determining that he is indeed terminally ill," DA MP James Selfe said in a statement.

In 2005, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sentenced Shaik to 15 years' imprisonment for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively ends in 2021.

But in March 2009, Shaik was released on parole, apparently with a terminal illness, which sparked controversy and accusations of special treatment because of his political connections.

The Congress of the People said it was worried Selebi's release was sending a message that not everyone was equal before the law.

"We believe his release will encourage people to do [commit] more crime and corruption without fear of being punished for their actions," Cope MP Dennis Bloem said.

"We were informed by media reports about Mr Selebi's ill-health, but no one has medical records, or facts, on the state of his health."

There were other prisoners who could not even feed themselves and were in dire need of help.

Bloem said the party would follow the matter up with the department of correctional services.

  • shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-07-20 16:58

    True - IF you applied that to all prisoners equally - irrespective of their political connections. How many unconnected prisoners with terminal illnesses die in prison every year?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-20 17:01

      Yea the decision was as constitutional as the ANC is democratic and we all know that is the biggest joke in the world, the joke that you never laugh about...

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-20 17:14

      Ya even if you bullsh&t it.

      TSR01 - 2012-07-20 17:17

      Well, no. Not true. If someone has terminal cancer, does that mean if they commit crimes, such as rape, murder, theft, etc., that they should just be let out of prison, free to continue on their spree of chaos? You know, "go out with a bang", that kind of mentality. Sorry to say it, but it doesn't matter how ill you are, if you break the law, you did so of your own accord, and the law still applies. Punishment is justice. Freedom is not.

      Active - 2012-07-20 17:18

      Check your nearest Golf course for shaik and selebi in the not to distance future being beat up.

      Fazel - 2012-07-20 17:19

      I cant help but feel ,Crime really does pay. What ever happened to "You do the crime, You do the time"???

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-20 17:25

      It's quite clear - there is one rule for the corrupt and tax squandering Elite, and then, there is one for us Taxpaying Plebs -

      nicholas.graan - 2012-07-20 18:13

      The ANC should be made unconstitutional.

      shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-07-20 18:56

      @ Mowale - I am not discussing Derby Lewis at all. Or the credibility of the doctors. I am merely saying that Selebi is getting preferential treatment over the thousands of other ill prisoners - who I am sure the 'qualified medical practioners on the parole board' have never examined, or given medical parole to.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-20 20:31

      If the below statement is true then why has Clive Derby-Lewis not been afforded a medical parole as his continued imprisonment is a violation of his human rights as he has terminal cancer or does this particular medical parole policy only apply to ANC cadres? "Constitution, ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said on Friday. "The Correctional Matters Amendment Act... ensures that the rights of offenders who are seriously and terminally ill are protected, and that they can request release on medical grounds," Motshekga said in a statement. "To not release terminally ill prisoners would not only be a serious violation of the Constitution, but a morally repugnant abuse of human rights." He said corruption-convicted former top cop Jackie Selebi's release on medical parole was in line with the new medical parole policy."

      jmlongwe - 2012-07-20 21:49

      HIV is a terminal illness, so if you are an inmate all you need to do is get yourself HIV and you're free? what a broken system

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-20 16:58

    Strange he never seemed to have suffered any problems prior to his convictions, except CLEPTOMANIA

      Brian - 2012-07-20 17:17

      Cleptomania aswell as Amnesia!!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-20 17:49

      How about adding hypochondria.....

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-20 16:59

    As much as you may try to justify this criminal behaviour it will not work. today we see the true colours of injustice.

  • Brian - 2012-07-20 17:01

    You totally miss the point Mr Mothale - nobody is questioning the release of Prisoners on Medical Parole - we are questioning the release of "So Called" Sick Prisoners on Medical Parole. Do you not find it odd that every time a "Bigshot" connected to your corrupt Party gets charged with Corruption, they are punished with a slap on the Wrist or receive Medical Parole? Did Shabir and Jackie catch the same Virus? Really Weird man!! You and your Friends will have to build a Private Golf Course to prevent the Pics of Shabir and Jackie in the next few Months - Oh Yes but I forget - the most popular Words in the ANC Circles are: "Ag we'll just do it anyway. The Public will all forget and it will all be forgotten"!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-20 17:06

    Ok so when do we see Derby Lewis given the same medical parole, that guy is worse off than old Jackie. He has served much longer than shabby sheik and jackie selebi. Oh I forgot they must have innoculated again shakky-selibi sickness.

      Brian - 2012-07-20 17:14

      Well said Wini!!

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-07-20 17:10

    he gets protected by the constitution that's suppose to protect the innocent! He's convicted and guilty! No protection of any law should be awarded to him! He was suppose to upkeep it in the first place! Let the old man rot in a cold cell!

      mowale.mike - 2012-07-20 18:20

      Thats a misinterpretation of the constitution

      frikdt - 2012-07-20 19:45

      @mowale.mike: Is that a fact? Let me give you an example of _real_ misinterpretation of the constitution: The fact that this wonderful government care more about the rights of criminals than they do about the rights of thousands of innocent crime victims from all population groups.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 17:10

    Apparently, once a prisoner has been released on medical parole there is no need for him to return to prison even if he has recovered from his \grave disease\. So says the deputy minister of correctional services. I couldn`t believe my eyes when I read this. Read the article on the iol website. Seeing is believing. Eish

  • Pieter Strydom - 2012-07-20 17:11

    so if its constitutional to release terminally ill prisoners why not go ahead and release Clive Darby Lewis while your busy???

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-20 17:11

    Crime pays handsomely in SA. Selebi must be the one and only Government official to be officially charged with corruption and fraud, and fraternising with the Mafia. They are never asked to return their ill gotten gains. Rather they get promoted to a more prestigious position such as SA Ambassador to London. Derby Lewis (TERMINAL CANCER) and Walus Whaskanski , after about 24 yrs of jail, have had every bail application dismissed out of hand. Must be sorry they are of the pale skinned variety, and don’t have friends in high places. Selebi's on the other hand -15 million legal costs - A few months internment, most spent in a 5 Star Private Clinic with best medical treatment available – While still interned, he was notified of a full state pension commensurate with the high political office he so proudly served with integrity & honour – ALL PAYED BY OUR HARD EARNED TAXES. Privilege for the lucky few, and a dark, cold, overcrowded and filthy cell with bread and water, for the rest. Most will be left to rot and die when becoming old and frail or terminally diseased. Selebi will have the chance to get his golf handicap down to single figures. Amazing how sick they all get once sentenced. Must cost fortune in bribes to medical specialists. Probably get given special tablets to make them look pale, sickly and nauseas. Well done Jacob, the country salutes and respects you. May you and the self serving, abominably corrupt and terminally inefficient ANC rule a long time.

      Brian - 2012-07-20 17:16

      Well said Mate!! - I'm impressed!!

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-20 17:34

      Oh didn't you know Thinkertank? when the time comes it will be unconstitutional to vote OUT the ANC scum.

      retta.loffler - 2012-07-20 17:51

      Well put Thinkertank, what gets me is the flagrant way in which this is all carried out, all played out in front of us, without any shame whatsoever. The real problem is that the ANC is still behaving like a party and not a government. Until that start governing, they will not rise above their current modis operandi.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-20 17:18

    The Constitution surely also requires CONSISTENCY. Apparently the application for medical parole was made in January this year. Is an application a prerequisite or will parole be offered to ALL prisoners who are terminally ill? The public needs to be allowed insight into the reports placed before correctional services as a matter of course. No hide and seek behind privacy. We as the public are directly affected by the release of prisoners. The public also have a stake in the credibility of the prison system.

  • trudie.erasmuspieterse - 2012-07-20 17:18

    If it is a violation of one's constitutional right to be in prison when you are terminaly ill then Clive-derby Lewis's constitutional rights are being violated.....he has terminal cancer

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-20 18:37

      Unfortunately he is not a cadre!

  • thabob.zumagabe - 2012-07-20 17:20

    Agree with you cANCer !! But what about releasing people that are not terminlaay ill and then end up playing gholf, doing shopping trips and smoking cigars. How constitutional is that ? You are a sorry bunch of pathetic morons

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-07-20 17:25

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - still running true to form.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-07-20 17:26

    These guys are above the law, just like Shabir Shaik. He told us all that he was dying, but he hasn't kept his promise. Selebi's a SNAKE, but he's got the ANC o his side.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-20 17:26

    All Zuma's buddies are back on the street. I'm guessing they need R2 billion planes as well now, right?

      sonofoldman - 2012-07-20 18:54

      Hey Marina are sure that the SHOWER HEADS buddies are all free????????

  • keith.staniford - 2012-07-20 17:28

    Oh,of course it would! do you think we came up the Umgeni river on a push bike. It's also constiutional that the public is protected from murderers, rapists, drug dealers and fraudelent government ministers!!!! but does that make a blind bit of difference? Bloody parasites.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-20 17:29

    Acting as the devil’s advocate, one sometimes wonders if it would be so terrible if the masses revolted for a very short time, rounded up every vilely rotten politician and high placed official, ripped off their golden crowns, threw their silver spoons on a Municipal Rubbish Dump, and let SA begin with a clean, fresh, slate.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-20 17:31

    Why should we feel sorry for these thugs. They are criminals and are behind bars for a reason. If it comes to it that they vrek in jail. So be it. They showed no remorse when they broke the law. Do the crime do the time,,,till the end.

  • mochabelamochabela - 2012-07-20 17:36

    Now that everyone is getting medical parole it is a perfect time for Chris Hani's murderer Clive Derby Lewis to also be free cause he is ill too.

      mowale.mike - 2012-07-20 18:23

      No no no. Derby Lewis is MURDERER my friend. Hani's children were deprived of their father prematurely.

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-20 18:56

      mowale....Selebi was big buddies with known drug dealers and how many innocent people arn't killed through drug stop and think before you say stupid things... - 2012-07-21 13:23


  • braamc - 2012-07-20 17:36

    Another ANC thieving criminal not going to jail. Rot in hell your excuse for a human being.

  • johann.serfontein - 2012-07-20 17:42

    I wonder where he will live, since the government seized his pension, house and other assets to pay the R14 million in legal fees he owes them. Oh wait... They didn't do that! So nice to be protected by the corrupt government

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-20 17:45

    This action is a warning for everyone in SA. The constitution may be a good one but when it is applied in a discriminatory or selective manner it is not worth much at all. The quality of life does not depend on constitutions it depends on the integrity of governments, AND it does not matter how you vote you may be the next victim!

  • FinalJustice - 2012-07-20 17:46

    Corruption and murdering innocent people is also unconstitutional, but nobody stops the mobs from doing that. So what's the point? Obviously you can get away with anything - whether it's constitutional or not. All depends on how much one can afford in lawyer fees. Think about that.

  • sonofoldman - 2012-07-20 17:58

    Poor old Derby Lewis he will never be released due to medical reasons because he is WHITE,this f#*cking moron Selebi got 5 star treatment at the leisure of white tax payers and it goes to the rest of CANCER Government

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-20 18:05

    If he's not dead in 6 months time I'll happily help him keep his promise. You too Shaik

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  • Hermann - 2012-07-20 18:19

    And what about Derby Lewis, or do we have two constitutions, one for us (ANC) and one for them(Plebs)

      Hermann - 2012-07-20 18:47

      @mowale. Is parole considered on the nature of the crime or the nature of the condition of health, wise guy?

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-20 18:57

      mowale...just shut up.....

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-20 18:22

    Constitutionally corrupt!

  • willie.steenkamp.14 - 2012-07-20 18:31

    UNBELIEVABLE!! SA is the circus of the world and the idiots responsible for releasing Selebis are the clowns, no wander the world are laughing at us! The fiasco of Schabir Shaik are repeating itself with Selebi, six years from now he will still be around without a kidney operation? Old Jackie and Schabir will be playing golf on the tax payers money.

  • Sunil Muganpersad - 2012-07-20 18:46


  • Dawie Goosen - 2012-07-20 19:01

    And what about Derby lewis, or is not that sick?????

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  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-07-20 19:32

    what about releasing the killer of chris hani who has terminal cancer (oh sorry he is white )

  • sonofoldman - 2012-07-20 19:42

    Weren't these 11 GOOFBALLS from the Shower Heads department Health, I WONDER Who is receiving this kickback payment to send the KNOBHEAD HOME

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