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But since NKZ pleaded guilty, charges against Friedland were unconditionally withdrawn.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

Comments
  • daaivark - 2010-11-23 11:57

    And a frantic PR public handwashing by the company that made the money.

  • Pat - 2010-11-23 12:04

    There’s robbery in the police force, corruption in engineering, poaching amongst game rangers. Teachers rape their students and journalists take bribes, we won’t even talk about politicians and lawyers, now it comes out that doctors are involved in illegal transplants. Quite frankly I’m flabbergasted, gobsmacked as the English say, but what really gobsmacked me is this. There are increasing reports coming out, that crime actually began receding, after the liberal press introduced their criminal friendly laws in 1994. Don’t worry, be happy, the liberal press have everything under control.

  • shmangle - 2010-11-23 12:15

    And how would you know varkie? It makes much more sense that the actual transplants were done by a few people for their own enrichment, and weren't sanctioned by the company as a whole. They're the biggest hospital group in the country. They depend on public image for their multi-billion rand turnover, why would the company jeopardise that for a quick couple of million? Think before you open your yap.

  • Zara - 2010-11-23 12:32

    The fines should be used to compensate the people and the families of those that donated organs.

  • dizzy1273 - 2010-11-23 13:08

    greed is wat destroys society!!!! horrible!

      Michael - 2010-11-23 14:33

      Spot on !!!!

  • Mike - 2010-11-23 13:10

    Pat you're talking gobbledygook. What criminal-friendly laws did the "liberal media" introduce? Since when does the media make laws? Do you even know what happens in a Parliament? Are you suggesting that crime and corruption do not happen in despotic dictatorships that ban liberal media? Maybe Zimbabwe is a paragon of good governance to you, but not to me, buck.

  • preshengovender69 - 2010-11-23 13:17

    I think he was trained by manto tshabalala-msimang

  • Jeremy Rundle - 2010-11-23 13:20

    I have been following this since it first surfaced and hang my head in shame to be in the Medical field. These guys should not only be fined, they should have their licenses scraped and removed from the roll. As for the hospital group in question, all they got was a slap on the wrist??? They've already been caught defrauding medical aids in the past with double billing, now they are involved in this and they get fined! Come on, how many more times are they going to get away with illegal dealings like this?

      Zara - 2010-11-23 15:14

      Well said Jeremy! How can we think of this country as in any way advanced if practices like this are carrying on?! I was totally gobsmacked when I first heard of this and still find it unbelievable that a multi-million rand company and professional people like this could even consider getting involved in such things. Totally disgusting!

  • Jeremy Rundle - 2010-11-23 13:22

    I have been following this since it first surfaced and hang my head in shame to be in the Medical field. These guys should not only be fined, they should have their licenses scraped and removed from the roll. As for the hospital group in question, all they got was a slap on the wrist??? They've already been caught defrauding medical aids in the past with double billing, now they are involved in this and they get fined! Come on, how many more times are they going to get away with illegal dealings like this?

  • lakhan7 - 2010-11-23 13:51

    ...i need a kidney, cant those docters contact me? i have been drinking and abusing my body...not living a healty lifestyle becaurse i know that getting i kidney is morally "okay". ..my hearts giving up, no sweat, im sure theres someone that will sell one to me - but who will be responsible to obtain this organ for me? would that person/butcher kidnap your mum,dad,son or daughter ...or you?

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