No arrests yet for doctor's murder

2012-01-29 21:24

Johannesburg - No one has been arrested as yet for the murder of a doctor killed in a car hijacking in Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Dr John Moche, a 41-year-old dermatologist at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, was shot and killed by hijackers on Friday night.

According to Rapport he was sitting in his Range Rover outside a townhouse complex in Viljoen Street around 20:30 and talking to a nurse who was a passenger in the car.

Two armed men opened the doors and pulled them both out. One of them shot Moche once in the chest. They fled with the car. It was later found abandoned in Atteridgeville. The nurse was unhurt.

Police had not yet arrested anyone for the crime, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Sunday.

The Gauteng health department said it was shocked by the murder. Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe and department head Nomonde Xundu sent their condolences to Moche's family.

"We call on members of the community to assist the police in their investigations and ensuring that the perpetrators are arrested," the MEC said.

Moche was mourned by his colleagues at the hospital, including CEO Dr Ernest Kenoshi.

He described Moche as a hard working professional and good friend.

  • Nuro - 2012-01-29 21:43


      Boer - 2012-01-29 23:15

      Wonderful country? NOT. And then some people complained cause we left years ago. Hell no. Ons lewe in rus en vrede in ons aangenome land USA.

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-29 21:48


  • Graham - 2012-01-29 21:48

    Great loss to society..

      Phili - 2012-01-30 00:25

      Indeed it is a great loss,especially to the University of Pretoria medical students he taught. I am to rotate in dermatology at SBAH next week and now will not benefit from his teachings.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-29 21:56

    Condolences to his family , colleagues and patients. One can only presume that the criminals running the government have no real concern with this loss since they find so many reasons to waste our precious resources on R100m parties rather than the safety of our citizens.

  • saxor - 2012-01-29 22:03

    sickening and sad

  • braamc - 2012-01-29 22:15

    News like this makes you sick. Sad

  • Fawzia - 2012-01-29 22:17

    what's there to be shocked about. the govt is advocating & supporting the murderers by not instituiting the death sentence , so it is carte blanche for murderers. govt , get a wake up call & bring back the death penalty. The criminals has no mercy for victims, why afford mercy to the perpetrators of inhuman & inhumane behaviour. the criminals do not consider human rights at all , why should they (the criminals) be given any human rights. Death penalty (echo that please )

      Brandon - 2012-01-31 01:22

      I stayed in Botswana for a while. And nothing like this happens there. Why? Because they have the death penalty...

  • Michael Woody Wood - 2012-01-29 22:46

    This was no car hijacking.

      Merven - 2012-01-30 07:41

      I also wonder why would they high jack the doctor, and then just leave the care 40km further?

  • Loraine - 2012-01-30 07:09

    Tragic news about one of valuable doctors. News like this makes one feel ill and disillusioned. SA Govt wake up and hear your people's cries for help to STOP THESE SENSELESS KILLINGs. We need to feel safe in SA. News like this will contain the brain drain to safer pastures!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-30 07:55

    Another racist murder! Killed for being white!!!

      Brandon - 2012-01-31 01:23

      You are a tosser, read the article again...

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-30 07:58

    Affair ending on a bad note

      liels - 2012-01-30 08:53

      Mlungisi, I knew dr. Moche. He was very much in love with his wife and children. In the following articles you will read that he offered to drop the nurse off at home. Which is just like him. Please don't insult his memory by your own prejudice.

  • Mel - 2012-01-30 08:04


  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-30 08:20

    Crime and punishment...the two should be in line. In SA the criminal code is kill and eliminate the one that can testify against you. The legal code is rehabilitate and forgive since the right to life is untouchable. Can anyone see how easy it is for the criminal and how difficult for the victim? You virtually have a license to kill....

  • Jay - 2012-01-30 09:50

    condolences to the family. once again the sub saharan sub species has made a bad name for a beautiful country!!!! they should be necklaced

  • Nondumisoq - 2012-01-31 01:01

    I Still have a fuzzy feeling about the whole thing,something just does not add up?Dr

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