‘Bogus doctor handed out pills’

2011-10-07 00:00

AN accused abortionist, a Ugandan bogus “doctor” who allegedly runs an unregistered abortion clinic in Pietermaritzburg’s Fraser Lane, was remanded in custody yesterday after he appeared in the magistrate’s court on charges of illegally terminating pregnancies.

Jonnathan Kinane (27) of Chase Valley is charged with terminating pregnancies while not registered as a doctor or nurse.

Prosecutor Rene Padayachee told the court that police still need to conduct an identification parade and that more charges could be added against Kinane.

She said the prosecution is opposing bail.

While Kinane was appearing in court, women’s organisations protested outside over illegal abortions in Pietermaritzburg and declared that they oppose bail.

It is alleged that Kinane administered a drug to Nontsikelelo Mbanjwa on September 9, which led to the termination of her pregnancy at a facility not approved for abortion, in Fraser Lane.

Kinane is an added accused on the charge sheet of Mbanjwa. She is a student who was arrested after she aborted a foetus of about five months and buried it in a shallow grave.

He is also alleged to have terminated the pregnancy of Philile Precious Makhaye on September 18.

Non-governmental organisations, including Christians for Truth, protested outside the court.

Said Jenny Christmas of Christians for Truth, “We are happy that they are still keeping him in custody.

“Next time we will come in numbers to protest against this because they are killing human lives.

“This is not a joke and it needs to be stopped now. These bogus doctors need to be exposed.”

Magistrate Reard Abrahams ordered him to remain in custody until a formal hearing bail on October 18.

Asked why illegal abortions still take place, KZN Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said abortions are conducted in public hospitals.

He said: “This is a societal problem so every department and person should take responsibility. We also direct women to go to our public health facilities when they choose to abort.”

Edendale Hospital officials told The Witness that the hospital has conducted more than 765 pregnancy terminations this year. Grey’s and Northdale hospitals could not provide statistics of how many terminatoions have been conducted at these hospitals at the time of going to print.

Leanne Visser, from Marie Stopes International clinics said women who are seeking termination of pregnancy services should look for a name or brand like Marie Stopes or Department of Health. She said they must ensure an abortion take place at an approved clinic.

She cautioned those wanting to terminate pregnancies to look for a land line telephone number, not just a cellphone number, and enquire about the practitioners’ availability after hours and have their contact details in case of emergencies after the procedure.

“Do not accept medical pills claiming to terminate pregnancies if you are more than nine weeks pregnant as a surgical procedure at this point is needed. Terminations cannot be offered (except under stringent circumstances) after the 20th week of gestation,” said Visser.

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