Selebi may pay back legal and medical costs

Former top cop Jackie Selebi may be forced to pay back the R17 million he incurred in legal fees.

A file photo of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi while he was appearing in the Johannesburg High Court, 3 August 2010. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Ria Piyega's office on Sunday said she is yet to decide on whether to claim back R17 million in legal and medical costs incurred by former top cop Jackie Selebi.

Selebi, who was convicted of corruption in 2010, was released from Pretoria Central Prison on medical parole last week, after serving 229 days of a 15-year sentence.

According to the Public Finance Management Act, Selebi has to repay the money after he was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

He has since been released from prison on medical parole.

The police's Nonkululeko Mbatha said, "The matter is still under consideration. We will only communicate once the decision has been taken."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants to know who approved Selebi's medical parole.

There are also reports that the former top cop "jumped" the dialysis queue.

He was reportedly placed on dialysis in February.