Who approved Selebi release, asks DA

2012-07-25 20:17

Cape Town - The DA says it wants to know who approved the release of convicted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi on medical parole.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said in a statement on Wednesday that neither Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, nor National Commissioner Tom Moyane or the Medical Parole Advisory Board, had "answered the public's criticism" on Selebi's release.

Selebi, who was convicted of corruption in 2010, was released from Pretoria Central Prison on medical parole last week, after serving 229 days of a 15-year sentence.

"The real question around the release of Mr Selebi is, who made the decision to grant him medical parole?

"In terms of... the Correctional Services Act, an application for placement on medical parole must be considered by the minister, the national commissioner or the parole board. It is not clear who exactly made the decision to release Mr Selebi," said Selfe.

If the application was considered and approved by the minister or the national commissioner, the question arose as to whether political concerns trumped the medical factor.

Selfe said he would submit questions to Ndebele to determine "who approved the release of Mr Selebi on medical parole; which factors did they take into consideration when determining [this]; and, were complainants allowed to make representations about his proposed placement on parole".

Ndebele last week announced that Selebi was one of 12 terminally ill prisoners whose applications had been reviewed by the Medical Parole Advisory Board.

He said at the time that the 12 had illnesses which had reached an "irreversible stage".

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-25 20:27

    Really, can Selebi just die already he's just a nuisance now!! and again DA thank you, if you don't ask question, no one will!!

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:11

      Would be good to read that in the HEADLINES.... Infact I will CELEBRATE!!!!

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-25 22:30

      I am not aware of ANY evidence that Selebi had Renal (or Anal) or any disease until the day that his application to overturn his conviction failed. That is the day that he collapsed, the moment he new he had to go to prison. Kidney failure dont get triggered by bad news. He went to prison but never spent one day in a cell - all his tym was served in a hospital. Bring possitive evidence that he had this disease prior to him being sentenced to 15 years and I will appologise. During his court case he sat in court throughout it all and instantly he had a terminal disease. Just find it very hard to believe

      boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-26 00:43

      I agree the thing needs to VREK as soon as possible.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-26 01:09

      Theo, the Shaik incident demonstrates that there are enough scaly doctors out there to back up any onset of a "fatal disease" as soon as an ANC cadre needs to go to jail. At this rate you just need to cosy up to the ANC and pay an acceptable fee, be it money or services, and you can create your own crime wave without the prospect of jail time.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 07:53

      leonard- elton john?

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-26 07:59

      All the skeletons hanging in his closet sped up his parole, Zipper and the cANCer cadres are scared $hitless of what he has on them.

  • Biker - 2012-07-25 20:29

    And Clive Derby Lewis? Never in our lifetime because the laws only apply to white people and the poor. If you are one of New Aristocrats with a set of blue lights....... the world is your oyster.

  • robqb - 2012-07-25 20:32

    First Shaik, then Selebi. Who is the next "connected" ANC crim to be released on health(?) grounds?

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:07

      The NEW "GENERAL" OUSIE in CHARGE will be next.... WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

  • Michael - 2012-07-25 20:41

    Not again please, whats wrong with DA?

      Erna - 2012-07-25 20:47

      They're asking the questions that we want answers to.

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:10

      DA knows how to CURB CORRUPTION and CRONYISM... which, incidently was CREATED by the ANC!

      pws69 - 2012-07-26 06:07

      What's wrong with you?

  • strauss.steven - 2012-07-25 20:46

    wasn't me

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-25 21:19

    Those he holds secrets .......Simple!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-25 21:22

    Just to put this into perpective here is an extract from However, there is no upper limit on how long someone starting dialysis today will live - I know someone who has been on dialysis continuously for over 34 years and another person who has had ESRD for nearly 40 years And of course a transplant may be on the cards too. It is impossible to judge the validity of the parole without the facts and expert opinion, but it is obvious that there is a wide range of possibilities

  • Shaun - 2012-07-25 21:40

    it is actually just a joke,our system is a joke,our leaders are jokes and the law is a joke.and if the population of south africa continue to let this happen then they are jokes as well.any person with a single brain cell can see that this is not how a country should be scared for the future of this country and all the innocent in it.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2012-07-25 21:44

    Just bcoz he is black its a problem,DA gets in my nerves sometimes,i wonder y I considered voting for it.

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-26 00:07

      You are not serious. Because he is black? Dude wake up. Do you recall the corruption part of the story?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-26 00:50

      Eish .... primitive.

      pierre.scheepers.9 - 2012-07-30 17:24

      Just bcoz he is black....LMFAO. Once again, YOU are the one to bring color into this. The minute your "COMRADES" f*** up and are on the verge of being exposed to the public for the disgrace that they are convicted of then we get fools like yourself who want's to bring race into this. Do you even follow his trial or are you really so ignorant to believe this is about a BLACK man. This is about our so called top cop stealing from the Tax payers and still not sentenced properly. This is about a corrupt criminal justice system witch is being led by YOUR ANC.....OH SORRY, I FORGOT.....THIS IS PROBABLY APARTHEID'S FAULT. We made him corrupt....FOOL!!!!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-25 22:30

    This days they think they can do what they want even if is ilegal if it is to protect crminals is ok, the Zuma example must be followed.

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-25 22:31

    This has nothing to do with his actual medical condition, but rather the simple fact that he is being taken care of in return for his silence on certain issues relating to people in powerful positions. Same with Shaik. Ironically, he us supposed the be in prison for 15 years which is equivalent of the rest of his natural life at his current age. Therefor it is logical he would pass away while incarcerated, whether it be after

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-25 22:34

    ..damn small buttons. As I was saying; he would be expected to pass away at some point during incarceration given his age, thus medical parole should not be required or deemed necessary unless the government are trying to send the message that octogenarians can do whatever they want as they will be released the moment it appears they may pass away in prison. Strange, I thought a prison sentence was a prison sentence. Funny how things work these days.

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-07-26 06:55

    Clive Derby Lewis is also sick so why does he not get a medical parole? The only reason is, he is not a threat to Zuma and his Robben Island Old Boys club cronies. Shabir Sheik and Selebi are and that is why they got medical parole. What a farce this banana republic country is.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-26 07:19

    Jail the doctors who falsified their reports. These doctors are a blemish on a proud & honorable profession. These play play doctors can only stand beside the likes of Mengele in their ethics……….or lack off. While were on it, relook at the ‘Shakes’ parole, the little twit is having a blast out there 3 years after he was diagnosed as terminally ill. These doctors who allowed it have no scruples. Take their operating license away & jail the jokers. They make me sick. sic

  • poovassan - 2012-07-26 08:05

    The guy did his 67 minutes for Mandela Day....

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-26 08:48

    While on it, please find out who ordered the release of 2 of the Waterkloof four!

  • psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-07-26 09:34

    The more I read some of the comments from fellow Blacks, the more I cringe. I am truly beginning to believe that many of my fellow Blacks are the weakest link in SA's democracy - this would include some of the educated, employed Blacks who can access the internet. There appears to be ZERO comprehension from some of them regarding the principles of the "rule of law", "due process" and "transparency". ZERO comprehension! The DA has merely requested those involved in Selebi's medical parole approval to: 1. provide evidence that they actually have consistent standards and rules that apply to all medical parole applicants, not just ANC cronies - that's called the rule of law; 2. provide evidence that the appropriate persons or authorities, duly empowered by law, were actually involved in the process and followed the procedures provided for by law - that's called due process; and 3. disclose all the required information - that's called transparency. I get the impression that many Blacks think that a Constitutional democracy should function like a chieftaincy in some rural outpost in SA - not written rules and laws, preferential treatment for the royal elite, etc. Why even participate in this democracy if you don't even grasp it and its rules of fair play? Does this type of mentality not support Apartheid's exclusion of Blacks from voting (i.e. it's a little too complicated for the Black mind)? Please guys, think before spewing.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-07-30 19:02

      In response to your venom pathetic evil prophet I think you have taken it far , you are out of your brains, this is nt a new moaning by DA it sound clear you just grab it at late stage you were not following the Selebis saga from the onset. Selebi was convicted for fraud, what is noticed with Selebi is not a danger to society compared to other parolees who were reconvicted, selebi was recommended by team o Medical Practitioners some of them is Dr Ramatisela well recognized Med Prac unless you dont recognise him as a black Med Prac, was interviewed by Justice Malala last week and stated his case. Selebi was convicted for a sum of +-R150k but fail to exercise your brain, to weigh how much is his medical bill , whereas we have chunk of unemployed black people to invest that money. All what we see with you is preaching and worshiping devilish /Satanism in this world of God.Some of the people in jail cannt be considered for parole since they are dangerous, there is no danger with selebi he is burden in our tax. To come up here and pretend as if we blacks cant think its disgrace with you.

  • Thapelo - 2012-07-26 11:18

    this forum is full on people who preach death. anti-christ only satan will smile just be reading comments

  • ryan.goodman.3110 - 2012-07-30 09:06

    Who approved the release? Mob boss Jacob Zuma of course!

  • vimmy.ganasen - 2012-07-30 10:32

    Soon he will be playing golf with Shabir Shaik.

  • KennySven - 2012-08-02 18:43

    The cANCer gave him a GET OUT OF JAIL CARD FREE CARD. He must get out to share his spoils,otherwise how would they get their chop. The missing link is alive and well living in South Africa. GO FOR THE THROAT DA

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