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Murdered doctor 'can't be replaced'

2012-02-03 10:49

Pretoria - Several of the country’s top doctors paid tribute to Dr John Moche, 41, on Thursday, saying his death in a hijacking last week was an enormous loss to the country.

“He had a relatively short, but extremely active and meaningful life. His commitment to the public health service set him apart," said Dr Ernest Kenoshi, executive head of the Steve Biko Academic hospital during the memorial service in Groenkloof.

“He was one of our brightest young stars.”

Family man

Edwin Bogopa, who spoke on behalf of the family, said to them Moche was not only a world-class dermatologist and an excellent doctor, but also an incredible person, brother, father and man.

“As it has been said in a poem: ‘It breaks our hearts to lose you but we know you are not alone, because a part of us goes with you,’” said Bogopa.

Kenoshi appointed Moche as head of his hospital’s dermatology unit in 2008 and then became friends with him.

“We struggled for four years to fill that top position. Moche came to our rescue and never disappointed us,” said Kenoshi.

He was on the phone with Moche for 45 minutes shortly before the hijacking.

Dr Robert Weiss, president of the dermatology association of South Africa said most people didn’t know how valuable Moche’s skills were.

“Someone like Moche cannot be replaced,” he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said no suspects had yet been arrested in connection with the hijacking and murder.

Comments
  • Thoka - 2012-02-03 11:08

    RIP brother. this case is week old and no arrest yet or a lead at least, parthetic. this Satanist must be planning another hijeck or murder.

  • Donald - 2012-02-03 11:13

    Nobody can be replaced. RIP Doc

  • Janice - 2012-02-03 11:17

    What a tragic waste of such talent!!

      buzzardfrey - 2012-02-03 13:06

      Our country is one odd example in the world where highly skilled people get slaughtered without consequence. Another doctor of note, prof Mokgokong from Ga-Rankuwa, escaped death through the skin of his teeth years ago in another hijacking. All we are told is that our constitution is the best in the world!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-03 11:20

    Sad, disturbing!!! My thoughts and deepest condolences to the family!

  • Sivuyisiwe - 2012-02-03 11:23

    It is very sad that we have lost a person of such calibre.I am not a criminal expert but i just think there is more to the story than meets the eye.My idea of a hijacking is the hijacking of vehicles that are not of high technical nature like the new range rover as reported. Hijackers it is my view that they want something that they can sell quickly that will not give them problems. I am not convinced that this was a hijacking because of the car that this man was driving and hijackers know very well of trackers and other security features in modern cars, the fact that they left it in atteridgeville explains that it was too technical for them had they proceeded they could have been caught, it is a highly unlikely target for hijackers.Hearing from the passenger who was with the doctor could shed light as to what really happenned.

  • Brett - 2012-02-03 11:31

    Our useless government needs to be replaced.

  • John - 2012-02-03 11:44

    We need to organise a 1 million march against crime, all tribes, races, creeds, sexes, ages should get involved. We should do it on Nelson Mandela day to send a message to the pollies and everyone that enough is enough no more crime or we will shut down the country in our masses, if we all took part they would be more effort to fight crime, we can not just sit and watch, we need a million people to march, those interested to organise this event with me give me a shout, i am dead serious!!!!!

  • Emmanuel - 2012-02-03 13:29

    i was one of his patiance at castenhof a very good man

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