Anger as Selebi 'jumps' dialysis queue
The family of a terminally ill renal patient, Suzette Janse van Rensburg, was shocked when they heard that former police chief Jackie Selebi, 61, was immediately placed on dialysis since February.
Selebi is receiving dialysis at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria despite there being a waiting list of 82 patients for kidney dialysis treatment at the hospital.
Janse van Rensburg's son-in-law, Martin Kriek, was shocked when he heard about Selebi's treatment.
"Why is he getting better treatment than my mother or anybody else in the same boat?"
Given less than a month to live, Janse van Rensburg would be dead today if her family had not paid for her three-times-a-week dialysis at a private hospital two months ago.
The 59-year-old former ballet teacher from Germiston o n the East Rand was diagnosed with chronic renal failure at Helen Joseph hospital in April and went to Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg for dialysis .
She was told there were 10 patients on the waiting list and that the only way she could get treatment was if someone died or received a kidney transplant.
"I was saddened and depressed that the state could not do anything for me," she said.
Kriek said they have spent more than R66000 on dialysis for her since May at a private hospital in Alberton, Johannesburg.
Her medical aid will start paying in July next year and by then they would have paid about R200000 for the treatment.
In his budget vote speech last year's, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said 238 patients were on the waiting list in Gauteng for chronic dialysis.
Former Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said in March that only patients between the ages of five and 70 qualified for dialysis in state hospitals .