Selebi parole decision questioned

The Medical Parole Advisory Board defends its decision to release Jackie Selebi from prison.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Medical Parole Advisory Board on Tuesday said it stood strongly behind its recommendation to release former Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi from prison.

The board briefed Parliament's Portfolio committee on Correctional Services on its decision to unexpectedly release the convicted fraudster.

Selebi was sentenced to 15-years in prison back in 2010, but was released on parole in July after it emerged that he was suffering from end-stage renal disease.

Members of Parliament (MPs) grilled the parole board's decision.

The Democratic Alliance's James Selfe demanded to know who gave the final decision to grant Selebi his release.

It was revealed that the board took the decision on July 19, a day before Selebi was released.

Medical Parole Advisory Board vice chairperson Angelique Coetzee told Parliamentarians Selebi would have died if he did not receive dialysis in December.

She added the former general did not jump queue when he received treatment.

Since its inception in March 2012, the board reviewed 34 applications.

Of those, three died while their applications were being processed.