Selebi ‘able to walk unassisted’
JACKIE Selebi will spend the weekend in the prison hospital at Pretoria Central, but he’s a lot healthier than the man who was wheeled into prison in a wheelchair five days ago minutes before the deadline to start his 15-year jail sentence expired.
The disgraced former national police commissioner collapsed at his Waterkloof home last week after watching the Supreme Court of Appeal uphold his jail sentence for corruption.
He spent the weekend in Pretoria’s private Jakaranda hospital.
On Monday his lawyers fought and lost an urgent bid to get the South Gauteng High Court to postpone the start of his jail term. Selebi eventually reported to Pretoria Central at 4pm on Monday, able to talk, but unable to walk unassisted.
He could stand when National Commissioner of Prisons Tom Moyane walked in on him this week.
“He was able to stand up when he saw me enter,” Moyane said yesterday. “He was able to walk unassisted. He looked much better, able to communicate.”
Selebi had undergone a full medical check, Moyane said. Selebi was seen by doctors, social workers and even a dietician because of his diabetes. “It’s standard procedure for all offenders.” Selebi would not be treated differently to any other prisoner, he said.
“He will be held in Pretoria until we know what kind of health needs he has. I’ve not yet formulated a decision as to where he will serve out his sentence.”
Selebi has been classified as a Category B prisoner.
Once he is reclassified as a Group A prisoner, his privileges will increase and he may get permission to have his own computer.