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Cabinet outraged by kidney scandal

2010-11-11 11:37

Cape Town – Cabinet has expressed its "outrage" at the human kidney transplant scandal uncovered at Netcare hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cabinet welcomed the court decision to impose fines against Netcare KwaZulu-Natal for the unlawful surgeries whereby human kidneys were illegally acquired and transplanted at one of the company's hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, government spokesperson Themba Maseko told a media briefing on Thursday.

"Cabinet is outraged by the conduct of both the hospital and the doctors who are implicated in the scam," he said following Wednesday's regular Cabinet meeting.

Government would not allow the country to become a haven for syndicates who traffic in human parts.

This case also raised serious trust and ethical issues regarding the doctors who were implicated.

"Cabinet hopes and expects that the health professions body will also act against the individual doctors who are implicated in the 'ritual'."

Government hoped that the Netcare group and the private health care industry would take all the necessary steps to ensure that this inhumane conduct never happened again.

"The law enforcement agencies must do all they can to ensure that all those who are implicated in the scam face the full might of the law," Maseko said.

Comments
  • pienaarza - 2010-11-11 12:11

    I hear what Government says and agree that such a practice is unethical. Shouldn't they, however, also be ouraged by unethical practicesperhaps, nearer to them? - André

  • Swart - 2010-11-11 12:17

    Unless the organ is intended for some boozer cabinet member with a shot liver

  • Ockert - 2010-11-11 12:24

    Government did not think about it first, now here is another angle for them to make money??, iso bring in new taxes, levies, maybe Julius can do the Operations as he is such a clever fellah.

  • Geewiz - 2010-11-11 12:26

    Now that joke made my day, I don’t condone what Ned care did but for the government to be outraged, they should start looking at the outragesness that happens in public hospitals then start crying foul

  • daaivark - 2010-11-11 12:33

    "Government would not allow the country to become a haven for syndicates who traffic in human parts." Unless appropriate bribes are paid in advance?

  • sbouttell - 2010-11-11 12:34

    Outraged indeed, It's because they never got their cut of the $$$

  • daaivark - 2010-11-11 12:34

    But I do agree with the sentiment. This is absolutely shocking.

  • Annie - 2010-11-11 12:36

    They are only outraged because they didn't profit from it

  • African_Rose - 2010-11-11 12:56

    What happens if the doctors involved have emigrated? I know that one at least has emigrated to Canada!

  • TinyT - 2010-11-11 12:57

    We are always moaning about how government doesn't listen or care. Now they are responding... I am impressed! Let's not be hypocrites! Maybe they will act on it now

      daaivark - 2010-11-11 13:18

      Well, let's not hold our breath.

  • Steve - 2010-11-11 13:25

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THIS TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 7 AND 9 YEARS AGO. WHY CRY FOUL NOW. ALL THE CADRE'S OF GOVT. WOULD BE OFF AND PARTYING AGAIN AS THIS WAS TOO OLD TO PROSECUTE EVEN WHEN THERE IS "PRIMA -FACIA EVIDENCE". THIS IS NO WHERE CLOSE TO THE ARMS SCANDAL AND EVERY ONE OF THE GUILTY BASTASRDS HAVE GOT AWAY WITH THAT. AT LEAST THE RECIPIENTS OF THE ORGANS HAVE A BETTER LIFE QUALITY.

  • yvanballegooyen - 2010-11-11 13:27

    oh my...outraged...look at home cabinet...then you should be more than outraged...at least this was saving lives....you are destroying them....

  • judeyester - 2010-11-11 13:40

    Ah, it's back again.... thanks.

  • nonduplume - 2010-11-11 13:44

    Strange I have never heard the Cabinet express outrage at babies dying in Provincial hospitals or incompetance of cadre appointments or babies getting HIV due to the with holding of anti-retrovirals or corruption or genocide in Zim or or............... Total double standards are the order of the day and it makes one quite sick to watch their antics.

  • GV - 2010-11-11 14:22

    And what if one of our esteemed ministers required, oh I don't know, lets say a Liver?

  • greenagecc - 2010-11-11 14:40

    I can't believe what i am reading. Are people actually condoning this behaviour. what is the difference between trading these doctors and a sangomas "witch doctors" they both using body parts acquired illegally.

  • meyharr - 2010-11-11 14:44

    sd

  • meyharr - 2010-11-11 14:51

    I cannot believe the comments I am reading, do white people actual condone this . what is the diffe

  • meyharr - 2010-11-11 14:56

    I cannot believe the comments I am reading, do white people actual condone this. What is the difference between these doctors and the sangoma's witch doctors that has people killed for their body parts. METHOD? I am out raged. I'd say prosecute the last one let them rot in jail, these nazi doctors no respect for life?

  • molemo110 - 2010-11-11 15:09

    That's white people for, once something is done by whites they blame it on something

  • Gido - 2010-11-11 16:07

    If only Manto was here to explain how she managed to get TWO "legal livers" so quickly..

  • Gido - 2010-11-11 16:27

    You know you live in SA when:.. they refer to an operation as a "ritual"

  • judeyester - 2010-11-12 06:38

    SA Hospital Admits Israeli Organ Trafficking. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/10/south-africa-hospital-organ-trafficking

  • riyaaz - 2010-11-21 20:50

    a member of the public should lay a complaint against the hospitals within the netcare group that was responsible for this organ scandal.a hearing is to be convened re their licence to operate as a hospital group in the province and then it should be revoked.

  • abs230653 - 2011-02-28 13:19

    While I don't agree with the sale of organs and transplants unless it was a donation via the correct channels, Government should be MORE OUTRAGED at what their Ministers get up to ! costs the taxpayers billions. e.g. Tony Yengeni, Robert McBride, the drunken judge (forget his name),Shabir Shaik,Jackie Selebi, now Cele with the R500m building - God the list is endless!

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