Selebi's health under review

Correctional Services said an announcement will be made on Jackie Selebi’s health.

Former police chief Jackie Selebi.

JOHANNESBURG - Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele and the chairperson of the Medical Parole Advisory Board will make an announcement on Friday concerning Jackie Selebi's health.

The former police chief was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15-years in jail, but since his incarceration, Selebi has been in and out of hospital due to ill health.

"Mr Selebi has not been well and the job of the Medical Advisory Board is to look into the condition of inmates who have been unwell," said Ndebele's spokesperson Logan Maistry.

"The case of Mr Selebi has been under consideration."

A group calling itself the Friends of Jackie Selebi had applied for the former police chief to be released on medical parole earlier this year. This was dismissed.

The former national commissioner of the South African Police Service had also been the president of Interpol.

In January 2008, Selebi was put on extended leave as national police commissioner.

He then resigned as president of Interpol, after he was charged with corruption.

Bheki Cele replaced him as the National Police Commissioner in 2009.

In 2010, Selebi was found guilty of corruption and a sentence of 15-years in prison was handed down.

The Supreme Court of Appeal then overturned his appeal against his sentence in 2011, after the court ruled against him, unanimously.