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Agliotti sends condolences to Selebi's family

The former national police commissioner died at the age of 64 in Pretoria this morning.

FILE: Jackie Selebi looks on as he speaks with his legal team ahead of his corruption trail at the high court in Johannesburg on 14 April, 2009. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Businessman Glenn Agliotti has extended his condolences to Jackie Selebi's family via a post on twitter.

The former national police commissioner died at the age of 64 in Pretoria this morning.

Selebi, who had been suffering from kidney disease, was released on medical parole in 2011, having served a year of his 15-year sentence for corruption.

In 2010, the High Court in Johannesburg found Agliotti had corrupted Selebi while he was the national commissioner of police.

Agliotti was offered indemnity for his testimony against his friend Selebi but this was not granted when the court found he was not truthful.

Selebi first met the businessman when he was working at Shell House in the early 1990s.

He offered to import secondhand clothing to assist expatriates returning home and also offered to pay Selebi's son's doctors bill.

But it was only once Selebi was national commissioner that a truly corrupt relationship developed.

The businessman sold access to the top cop, bribing him with envelopes stuffed with cash, fancy clothing and handbags for his wife in exchange for protection.

Ultimately it was Agliotti's testimony in court that sunk Selebi.

Selebi always insisted they were just friends but that friendship ended abruptly.

Agliotti never believed he was to blame for Selebi's spectacular downfall and now says he's sad to hear of his passing.

SELEBI'S WIFE BY HIS SIDE UNTIL THE END

A family member of the former police commissioner says his wife Anne was at his bedside all night at the hospital he died.

Eyewitness News understands he passed away while five of his family members were at his bedside.

His family had been told he would not recover after being admitted to hospital last year.

A family member says Selebi's health deteriorated drastically over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli says he's saddened at Selebi's death and he never took the battle between them personally.

Pikoli led the prosecuting authority when the former police commissioner was prosecuted.

He says it was never a personal issue and they remained comrades.

"It was always a question of doing one's job to the best of their ability so I have no regrets."

[LISTEN]: Who was Jackie Selebi?

SELEBI'S CAREER

In 1987 Selebi was elected head of the ANC Youth League while in exile in Zambia.

After the fall of apartheid, he was sworn in as a Member of Parliament in 1994.

Over the following three years, he served as South Africa's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

In 1998, Selebi received a Human Rights Award before and was appointed National Police Commissioner in 2000. Four years later, he was elected president of International crime-fighting organisation, Interpol.

His tenure as the head of the South African Police Service was marred by controversy and his corrupt relationship with convicted drug dealer Glen Agliotti spelled the end of his career.

Selebi was placed on extended leave in January 2008 and was eventually replaced by Bheki Cele a year-and-a-half later.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010 for taking bribes from Agliotti. When his appeal failed, he was jailed in December 2011.

He was released on medical parole in July 2012, with the medical parole board saying he was suffering from irreversible kidney failure, a stroke, diabetes, heart and eye disease, and motor function impairment.

Many people were opposed to his parole as they believed it was politically motivated.

In 2013, opposition parties raised concerns after Selebi was spotted shopping in Pretoria and he was accused of violating his parole conditions.