Karabus 'feels like a stranger' at home

2013-05-20 12:15
Cyril Karabus (Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

Cyril Karabus (Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

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Professor Cyril Karabus returns home

2013-05-17 16:13

After being detained for nine months in the UAE, Professor Cyril Karabus, an oncologist, returned home to Cape Town to fanfare and cheers. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - Professor Cyril Karabus spent the weekend back home in Kenilworth, Cape Town, after struggling for nine months to get out of the United Arab Emirates.

The paediatric oncologist was arrested following the death of a girl who died in his care over 10 years ago, reported the Sunday Argus. He finally arrived back in South Africa on Friday.

He spoke about being back home, saying he felt like a stranger in his own house.

“I don’t know where anything is. I can’t find a cup or a spoon.”

He said he spent Saturday morning in his garden “messing about, and cleaning up”.

He also told how he had missed the birth of his grandson Gabriel in January and had celebrated his 78th birthday in the UAE in April.

“I bought two bottles of JC Le Roux champagne and tried to make it a celebration,” he said. 

Karabus told the Cape Times he planned to spend the next few weeks and months "just relaxing a bit, sorting things out, messing about in the garden, having a look around Cape Town".

He added that he was open to being offered a locum position "as long as it's not in an Arab country".

Karabus said he was considering suing Emirates Airlines, which he says had known there was a problem with his visa, resulting in his arrest when stopping over in Dubai during a lay-over on 18 August 2012. Emirates later insisted that everything was fine.

Karabus said he would never fly with the airline again.

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