Disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi was rushed to hospital in a serious condition for the second time this month, it was reported on Tuesday.
The New Age newspaper reported that Selebi was taken to the nephrology ward of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday morning under armed guard.
The correctional services department told the newspaper that Selebi was undergoing tests at the hospital.
“We can confirm that he is not well … I have seen him and he is not looking good,” correctional services commissioner Tom Monyane said.
“He is currently undergoing diagnosis. He is in a serious condition but it is not life-threatening.”
Selebi was booked into prison on December 5 to start a 15-year jail term. He was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and for giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report.
Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.
His appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 2.
Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said at the time. — Sapa
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