Selebi is a very sick man - doctors

In June, a team visited Jackie Selebi at Steve Biko Academic Hospital to determine his medical status.

In June, a team visited Jackie Selebi at Steve Biko Academic Hospital to determine his medical status.

PRETORIA - The Medical Parole Board received an application from Jackie Selebi's wife Anne to have parole granted, Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said on Friday.

In June, a team went to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital to determine his medical status.

It was established that he is suffering from end stage renal disease.

"The summary is that this particular patient suffers from an end stage renal disease as a complication of diabetes and many other conditions he is suffering from," explained the chairperson of the board, Dr Victor Ramathesele.

"He is receiving dialysis on a constant basis, almost three times a day and based on that and regulations in the Act, he qualifies to be recommended for medical parole."

Ndebele said this was a medical decision and Selebi was not receiving preferential treatment.

"If the medical parole board gives us the report that they've given us, on what basis would you say let him die? We have seen three patients who have actually died, while the process was still going on and the recommendation had already been made."

Selebi has served just 229 days of his 15-year sentence.

He will remain at Steve Biko Academic Hospital for now. Those close to him say he is gravely ill.

In January 2008, Selebi was put on extended leave as national police commissioner. He has also served as president of Interpol.

He was dumped as head of both the South African Police Service and Interpol after being convicted of corruption charges.

Bheki Cele replaced him as the national police commissioner in 2009.