Meet Dr Coceka Mfundisi (38). When she is not in her theatre scrubs saving lives, she is busy advocating for better healthcare for patients, improved working conditions for her colleagues, and general awareness on issues affecting medical teams in hospitals, clinics and care centres around South Africa.
Coceka, as she prefers to be called, is a specialist neurosurgeon with a private practice based at Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital, treating both adults and children.
With Covid-19 having ripped through much of the world and made it dangerous for most to even step outside, Dr Mfundisi and her colleagues have been the ones at the forefront of doing their jobs of saving lives, while keeping COVID -19 at bay from their patients and themselves. Most noticeably she is one of a very few medical professionals who have been upfront and brave enough to speak truth to power every day to politicians and administrators about the working conditions of medical staff, and situations at hospitals across South Africa.