Selebi released from hospital - again

Jackie Selebi (Lisa Skinner, M&G)

Jackie Selebi (Lisa Skinner, M&G)

Selebi returned home on Thursday after a brief stay in Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria this week.

"Mr Selebi was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, but he is now out of hospital, having been released this morning," deputy chief commissioner of incarceration and corrections James Smalberger told the Mail & Guardian.

Selebi was granted medical parole after in mid-July after serving only 229 days of the 15-year jail term handed down to him for corruption in 2010.

This equates to Selebi having served only 4.1% of his sentence.

It is reported Selebi, a known diabetic, is receiving kidney dialysis treatment after taking seriously ill following the upholding of his conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2011.

Smalberger said the correctional services department was not in a position to comment on the status of Selebi's medical condition as it violated patient-doctor privilege.

"We are well aware of his movements and he is reporting to us on a regular basis in terms of when he needs to go to hospital and so on."

As part of the conditions of his parole, Selebi is under house arrest for 22 hours per day during weekdays and for 18 hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

Selebi must make correctional services aware of any hospital visits and he must notify authorities if he leaves the Pretoria magisterial district.

Jakaranda Hospital spokesperson Adri Opperman also refused to comment on Selebi's medical condition, stating it was not hospital policy to do so.

However, Selebi's legal representative Wynanda Coetzee said, "I saw him about a week ago and I can confirm that he is indeed very ill."

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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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