Slain doctor went extra mile to help victims of gender-based violence – MEC

2016-11-30 11:57
KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

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Durban – A former Prince Mshiyeni Hospital doctor who was found murdered in her home earlier this month was especially good at dealing with survivors of gender-based violence, KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Wednesday.

Vajnah Mahomed was so dedicated to her work that she would go out of her way, providing patients in need with money, from her own pocket, for transport and new clothing, a colleague also said.

She was found dead in her Durban North property in the upmarket Palm Springs gated complex on November 22, with masking tape around her face.

Mahomed worked at the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital between May 2003 and May this year, concentrating her efforts at the Thuthuzela Care Centre, which is dedicated to the care of sexual assault victims.

During a memorial service at the hospital on Wednesday, Dhlomo, together with staff at the hospital, spoke highly of Mahomed.

"What saddens us most is the fact that Dr Mahomed was attacked and killed within the sanctified period when the whole country is observing 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children," Dhlomo said.

Dedication

"[She was a] committed, caring and an industrious doctor who met her untimely death at the hands of callous thugs who displayed a total disregard of such an important life."

Dhlomo said it was disheartening to learn that she was brutally murdered in a high security area.

He said that many spoke of her dedication, even when her health was faltering.

"She would work even at strenuous times when she had to make court appearances as a witness for the victims."

Sister Nompumelelo Dyide, a team leader, said Mahomed was more than just a doctor.

"Some clients would come to the centre with no money to go back home and Dr Mahomed always provided her own cash for them to the extent that she would leave behind petty cash to be utilised even on days she was off duty."

Dyide said she also provided victims with clothing.

"It was not only cash that she would provide, but also dresses, especially for the young victims – dresses still with the name of the shop and price tag as means to boost and restore the morale and dignity of the survivor."

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