Transplant accused pleads guilty

2010-11-23 11:27
Durban - Samuel Ziegler, one of the eight people accused of having been involved in the illegal kidney transplants, pleaded guilty to 50 charges against him.

The Durban Commercial Crimes Court heard that Ziegler knew that what he did was illegal.

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

This came after Netcare KwaZulu Natal (NKZ) was convicted on charges related to human tissue crimes recently.

R4m fine

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

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But since NKZ pleaded guilty, charges against Friedland were unconditionally withdrawn.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

- SAPA
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