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8 due in court over transplants

2010-11-23 09:12

Durban - Eight people, including five doctors, are expected to appear in the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday in connection with illegal organ transplants at Netcare KwaZulu-Natal (NKZ).

Summonses were served on the four surgeons, a doctor, a translator and another two former Netcare employees in October.

This came after NKZ was convicted on charges related to human tissue crimes last month.

It pleaded guilty and received a R4m fine for doing illegal kidney transplants.

100 counts


NKZ faced 100 counts on three main charges, including that the hospital's staff had illegally acquired kidneys between 2001 and November 2003.

It was also charged with performing transplants in which five of the suppliers were minors, and receiving payments for the operations.

People - mainly Brazilians - were paid as little as R42 000 to donate their kidneys to Israeli patients.

Netcare's CEO Dr Richard Friedland was accused of being aware of the illegal transplants and allowing them to continue.

But since NKZ pleaded guilty, charges against Friedland were unconditionally withdrawn.

None of those appearing in court on Tuesday are still employed by Netcare.

Comments
  • rog - 2010-11-23 09:27

    So the big boss gets away with this????The small fry's get burned.Wrong!!The leader should be resposible!

  • Fikile - 2010-11-23 09:55

    Why am I not surprised it is Israeli's again, they killed Palestinian children for their organs or stole it. Now they are doing it in SA, is this just the tip of the iceberg, muti murders is this part of it?

      Zara - 2010-11-23 10:07

      Oh please, Fikile, you CANNOT be serious?! What a STUPID comment!

  • lydia.christenson - 2010-11-23 10:05

    WELL - THIS IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY - WHAT EVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE - THE JUDGES AND THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT LIVING ON DIALYSIS - CLEARLY NIETHER ARE ANY OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. THE DOCTORS ARE JUST DOING THE BEST THEY CAN USING THEIR SKILLS TO SAVE A LIFE AND PROMOTE A BETTER LIFE QUALITY. I DONT SEE THE DRS HAVING DONE ANYTHING WRONG IF THEY DID NOT PROFIT OUT OF THIS - THE ORGAN BROKER IS THE ISSUE HERE - THAT IS WHERE THE IMMORALITY STARTS. MAYBE THE ORGAN DONOR SHOULD CONSIDER A BEE COMPONENT SO THAT ALL THIS CAN BE SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET AND JUST GO AWAY AS WITH MANY OTHER THINGS IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN COUNTRY WE LIVE IN.

      Dawn - 2010-11-23 10:37

      Couldn't have said it better myself! Why blame the Doctors, its not their fault!

      LGVS - 2010-11-23 10:59

      @lydia.christenson I totally agree. Doctors take an oath to save lives.

  • booger - 2010-11-23 10:32

    What the article fails to mention is that the doctors are not employed by Netcare, they use the facilities. As to why the big boss got away with it, was that in 2001-2003 he was not even in the country, he was running Netcare UK. The cops were too useless or lazy to investigate this, they were informed of such, but still proceeded to lay charges against him. Typical of our excellent police force, go for the easy target.

  • catherine.forbes2 - 2010-11-23 12:11

    What a disgrace to the South African medical community. This is a gross display of unprofessional and unethical conduct performed and even worse, apparently tolerated in our hospitals. There is a Human Tissue Act for a reason. I hope those doctors not only lose their licence to practice medicine ever again, but are also locked away. Those organ donors are desperate and cannot make a sound decision with regard to the rest of their lives and subsequent health. They will not be able to live a normal life again. Everything from your diet to how many times a week you may excercise, to the medicines you may take are affected. People who are this desperate form part of a vulnerable society that should have their human rights protected and not exploited. Yes, there 2 sides to a story, and no, the system is not perfect, but it was put in place to prevent this exact thing from happening. Doctors have a responsibility not only to save lives, but to protect them as well.

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