Our former National Police Commissioner and Head of Interpol, Jackie Selebi, might not have broken any of his parole conditions going out to buy the Sunday papers. Still, it is difficult not to be cynical about his miraculous escape from the jaws of death since his release on medical parole in 2012.
And even more difficult not to be angry when a Baragwanath doctor was shown the door for wanting to play by the rules.
In February 2012, a Johannesburg nephrologist, Dr Trevor Gerntholtz, was summarily ordered to leave the kidney unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, where he had worked as a volunteer for six years.
Gerntholtz would take three days a week off from his private practice in Fourways to run a clinic at Chris Hani for 15 renal patients. He also ran another money-generating research project for 130 patients on a blood pressure and cholesterol drug trial.
The young doctor had dared to speak out about the preferential treatment given by hospital officials to Jackie Selebi, who had been released on medical parole after spending 229 days of his 15-year-sentence on corruption charges in the Pretoria Central Prison Medical wing.