Selebi ‘able to walk unas­sisted’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - KEVIN RITCHIE

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.

Jackie Selebi

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