Jackie Selebi dies at 64

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi has died after battling a long illness.

Former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News has learnt that former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has died in hospital in Pretoria this morning.

He was 64 years old.

Selebi was being treated at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital.

His friend, Schabir Shaik, says he heard the news this morning.

"I believe he's been in an induced coma for some time now. He finally passed on between late last night and early this morning, I believe."

Shaik says he was a good man.

"I have good memories when I worked with him at Shell House in the early 90s. I recall him to be a good comrade."

Selebi was said to be suffering from end-stage kidney disease brought on by diabetes.

He was sentenced to 15 years in 2010 for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glen Agliotti.

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.

After learning about his death, Agliotti tweeted:

My condolences to Anne Selebi and the family on the passing of Jackie.

Selebi appealed against the corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal, but lost.

In 2011, he collapsed at his home in Pretoria while watching the judgment on television.

He began his jail sentence, but was kept at Pretoria Central prison's medical wing indefinitely.

The former top cop was then granted medical parole after serving only 229 days of his 15-year sentence in July 2012.

At the time, the Department of Correctional Services said he would be provided with palliative care as there was no hope of him recovering.

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. He was accused of violating his parole conditions.