Selebi's family grateful for parole

Disgraced former top cop Jackie Selebi’s wife Anne approached the board requesting his release.

A file photo of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi appearing in the Johannesburg High Court, August 2010. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted fraudster and former police commissioner Jackie Selebi's family and legal team on Friday said they were grateful he was granted medical parole.

Correctional Services Minister S'bu Ndebele made the announcement on Friday morning, saying this was a medical decision and Selebi was not receiving preferential treatment.

The former top cop was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15-years in jail.

But Selebi has now been granted parole after being in and out of hospital due to ill health.

His lawyer Wynanda Coetzee said the parole decision was unexpected.

"I heard rumours via the press on Thursday. We are very happy and grateful."

According to Medical Parole Board chairperson Dr Victor Ramathesele, Selebi's wife Anne approached the board requesting his release.

The panel established that the 62-year-old suffers from "end-stage renal disease as a complication of diabetes and many other conditions."

Selebi has served just 229 days of his sentence.