Friends & family gather to mourn Jackie Selebi’s death

The former police commissioner died on Friday from kidney disease related to diabetes, at the aged of 64.

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.

PRETORIA - Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi's friends and relatives have been gathering at his Waterkloof home, where his wife Anne and family are grieving their loss.

Selebi died at the age of 64 at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital on Friday, from kidney disease related to diabetes.

The former police commissioner was released on medical parole in 2012, having served a year of his sentence for corruption.

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

From about midday on Friday, friends and relatives were in and out of the Selebi home in Waterkloof, paying their respects.

Grieving relatives and friends arrive at former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's home on 23 January, 2015. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

Selebi's friend Welile Nhlapo says, "It's not an easy thing. It's very difficult for many people; friends, comrades and everybody is shocked about the news."

Nhlapo says while Selebi was ill for quite some time, it's never easy saying goodbye.

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"You can prepare for it but when it comes, it becomes a very difficult moment to engage and accept that this has finally happened."

He says funeral arrangements will be announced soon.