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The Gauteng Health Department has denied claims that former police chief Jackie Selebi received preferential treatment over other patients needing kidney dialysis.
Spokesman Simon Zwane said the department had “no say” in when Selebi, convicted of corruption, got his treatment. “The decision to provide treatment is taken by doctors based on medical grounds, not on political grounds.”
Earlier, it was reported that Selebi received treatment at a Pretoria public hospital while a terminally ill woman was turned away.
The Times said Suzette Janse van Rensburg was told she had a month to live and would have died if her family had not paid R66 000 for the kidney treatment at a private hospital. Her family expressed shock that Selebi was being treated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital while 82 patients were on the dialysis waiting list.
Janse van Rensburg was told there were 10 patients ahead of her and she would move up the list only if other patients died or received transplants. – Sapa