Selebi to undergo heart surgery

The former top cop also suffers from diabetes and end-stage kidney disease.

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

JOHANNESBURG - As convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis deals with his medical parole application which was denied, those close to former police chief Jackie Selebi on Monday said he will undergo an operation in hospital this week.

Comparisons have been drawn by some sectors to Selebi who was released on medical parole last year after serving less than a year of his 15 year jail term for corruption.

Derby-Lewis was convicted of killing South African Communist Party (SACP) Leader Chris Hani 20 years ago and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He's said to be suffering from cancer and gangrene.

Selebi suffers from diabetes and end-stage kidney disease.

An associate close to the former police chief said Selebi is still undergoing dialysis at his home every four hours and this is said to be putting strain on his wife, who is a trained nurse, as well as causing financial pressure.

It's understood Selebi is due to go to hospital for an operation related to his heart.

He apparently underwent another procedure last month.

The associate said the ex-commissioner is not well, but said on good days he is able to walk around his house.