No parole, but Jackie Selebi to stay in prison hospital

Jackie Selebi will not receive medical parole but will be kept in the medical wing of a correctional facility “indefinitely”, the department of correctional services said on Pretoria on Wednesday.

“Following the medical report from the staff at Steve Biko Academic Hospital it has been decided Mr Selebi will be kept in the medical wing of a correctional facility indefinitely, after his release from hospital,” the national commissioner of correctional services,Tom Moyane, told reporters.

After losing the appeal against his conviction for corruption, the former commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) began his 15-year jail sentence on December 5.

According to Moyane, Selebi has received intermittent treatment for “uncontrollable sugar diabetes” and undergone laser surgery on his eyes since his arrival.

The 61-year-old former top cop was then transferred from prison to the Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria on December 19 and is currently receiving treatment at the facility’s nephrology ward.

Selebi is undergoing dialysis treatment at the facility and his current condition was described as “critical but stable” by hospital officials.

“This department is trying to be as transparent as possible, to dispel suggestions that Selebi is faking it,” Moyane added.

At this stage neither Selebi nor his legal representatives have filed a formal application for medical parole.

There have also been no recommendations for medical parole from the doctors attending to Selebi.

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg found Selebi guilty of receiving money in exchange for favours and information from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

It is understood Selebi collapsed at his home in Waterkloof on December 2 upon hearing his appeal against his conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

For coverage of former police chief Jackie Selebi’s corruption trial and aftermath, visit our special report.

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Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend. Read more from Nickolaus Bauer

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