It’s a ‘big reality’ that Professor Karabus might never come home, says wife

2013-05-08 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Archbishop Tutu helped, as did politicians and doctors from all over the world. A woman in Gugulethu even gave R25 to help get Professor Cyril Karabus home.

But for his wife, Jenifer Karabus, it is a a real prospect that the 78-year-old oncologist might never return home.

“All the support is wonderful,” she said. “But for me it is a big reality that he might never come home.”

She was speaking on the sidelines of an address to the Cape Town Press Club by Karabus’s lawyer, Michael Bagraim, on his situation in Abu Dhabi.

She said she had made arrangements to get his body back to South Africa, if he were to die in the United Arab Emirates.

“At this stage, it’s my greatest fear. It is difficult to acknowledge it, but it must be done,” she said.

The professor has been detained in UAE since last August, and although he has been cleared of causing the death of a young leukaemia patient, for which he was convicted in absentia in 2003, he has still not been given his passport to return home.

He goes to the prison daily to try to get his passport.

The prison has not yet sent his passport to the court for return to the professor, and the administration of the situation is taking a very long time, Bagraim said.

“His temper is a bit short at the moment, but he hasn’t given up,” the lawyer said.

Jenifer Karabus said she did not phone her husband every day, “so I am only disappointed three times a week, not seven times”.

She said she had got so used to being alone that having him home would be an adjustment.

“I’ll have to cook again,” she quipped.

Bagraim thanked everyone who had helped Karabus, naming Tutu and Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s ambassador to the U.S. and a former premier of the Western Cape.

“A woman from Gugulethu brought R25 to our office in town, insisting that it should be added to the legal fund,” he said.

Several doctors withdrew from the World Health conference in Gauteng in support of Karabus in his predicament.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.