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‘I had nothing to do with hit on doctor’


By Janine Moodley Sep 25, 2020

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Durban – THE father of Zayyaan Sayed has denied involvement within the killing of specialist anaesthetist, Dr Abdulhay Munshi.

Mohammadh Sayed made the commentary following a number of stories that steered it used to be a revenge killing for his son’s loss of life in October 2019.

Zayyaan, 10, who suffered from reflux, underwent a laparoscopic process performed by way of Munshi and Dr Peter Beale, a paediatric surgeon, at Johannesburg’s Park Lane Hospital.

His lung collapsed quickly after the surgical operation and he died. Munshi and Beale have been accused of negligence and have been suspended from the health facility after investigations by way of Netcare and the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).

Before the investigations have been finalised, they have been charged with culpable murder and have been each and every granted R10 000 bail.

They ultimate seemed within the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on August 31 and the topic used to be adjourned to November.

Last Wednesday, Munshi, 73, used to be shot useless in Orange Grove, Johannesburg. It used to be alleged {that a} motorist knocked into the again of his car and when Munshi were given out of the automobile, he used to be shot six occasions.

No valuables have been believed to had been taken.

His funeral used to be held at Westpark Cemetery on Thursday. Beale has since long past into hiding.

Sayed, the executive government of tobacco corporate Carnilinx, via his spokesperson Sinen Mnguni, mentioned the allegations about his involvement in Munshi’s loss of life have been irresponsible, reckless, speculative and sensationalist.

He mentioned he was hoping the perpetrators have been discovered and dropped at justice once conceivable.

Mnguni mentioned it used to be a question of public report that Sayed adopted the criminal course in pursuit of the reality after the loss of life of his son.

“He has instructed his legal team to engage with the investigating and prosecuting authorities on a regular basis in his endeavours to ensure that justice is not only achieved but also done in a legitimate and transparent manner in this matter.”

Mnguni mentioned the investigation remained within the palms of the police and the National Prosecuting Authority.

“He has endeavoured to hold the doctors involved accountable, criminally and before the HPCSA. This is to ensure that no other parent suffers the pain and anguish that he and other parents have endured.”

Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of the South African Medical Association, mentioned Beale referred to as her two weeks in the past pronouncing he had gained loss of life threats.

“He called to ask if I could assist with the case as the HPCSA was doing nothing. He then mentioned that he and Dr Munshi had received death threats. We both didn’t take it too seriously even though the thought lingered in the back of our minds.”

She mentioned after Munshi’s loss of life, Beale went into hiding.

“This is not going to help. If a killer wants to kill you, he will find you by any means. At some stage, Beale needs to come out of hiding and face the matter head-on.

“The best course of action is for the HPCSA to speed up the process and for the criminal procedure to be finalised.”

After Munshi’s loss of life, health-care staff accumulated out of doors his Houghton house difficult justice for his loss of life.

They mentioned the general public arrest and legal fees towards Munshi and Beale have been untimely and will have to had been treated by way of the HPCSA.

In a digital media briefing on Thursday, Dr Kgosi Letlape, HPCSA chairperson, mentioned: “We were quite concerned when we saw the arrest of the practitioners despite the fact that there was a regulatory body that was looking into issues that were raised.

“The turn of events was unfortunate that the practitioners were paraded as criminals. We wrote a letter of objection to the commissioner of police, director of public prosecutions and copied the minister of justice … sadly we have not heard back and it has now come to this.”

He mentioned an inquest first had to be performed and any motion will have to had been according to the ones findings.

In December 2019, Letlape mentioned suspension hearings for Beale have been held and finished.

“He was suspended pending a conduct of inquiry. The matter is now being

prepared for a full inquiry and council is ready to proceed on that matter.”

He mentioned Munshi’s listening to used to be no longer finished as a result of criminal interference.

Letlape mentioned if South Africans have been going to criminalise the apply of medication, medical doctors can be too scared to care for electorate.

“We are extremely disappointed that the lawmakers and the police who are supposed to protect us chose not to uphold the rule of law.”

He mentioned the HPCSA had deliberate to write down all over again to the commissioner of police to take away the topic from the legal courts.

Letlape mentioned as a personal practitioner, he used to be serious about his long run within the nation.

“This is my home but I will have difficulty practising my profession if we are treated like criminals.”

Dr Dharmesh Daya, president of the Radiological Society of South Africa, mentioned there have been expanding numbers of stories of medical doctors and paramedics being attacked and killed.

“Doctors are already at risk from the diseases they treat, as we have seen in the Covid-19 pandemic. It is even more tragic when they are violently killed while following their calling and serving the community.”

Dr Chris Archer, of the South African Private Practitioners Forum, mentioned that Munshi, as an anaesthetist, used to be on the entrance line right through the pandemic.

“Anaesthesiology is one of the disciplines at the highest risk for contracting Covid-19. This means he was offering his life for the service of people, and that this acted against him, his family and the profession at this time of the pandemic makes it more unbearable.”

Netcare mentioned Munshi faithful his existence to fitness care and used to be identified for his compassion and determination to his sufferers and his occupation.

The Islamic Medical Association of South Africa mentioned Munshi’s killing gave the impression to be focused and it used to be an assault at the occupation.

The South African Medical Association additionally expressed their anger and demanded justice.

On Facebook, Dr Kevin Naidu mentioned: “Where is the outrage? Where are the hashtags? Will they take a knee for us? Will there be protests for us? No, because they don’t care about us but it’s our oath to care about you!”

Vivak Lazarus mentioned: “This is the very reason why we practise defensive medicine and the reason I don’t want any of my children to pursue a medical career. We are going to be short of good doctors soon.”

Jeanne Albertse, director of MacRobert Attorneys and criminal consultant of Beale, mentioned: “Apart from stating that Professor Beale and his legal representatives are shocked to learn of Dr Munshi’s death, no further comments.”

Attorney Raizel Davidow, who represented Munshi in courtroom, mentioned: “Unfortunately, we are unable to comment at this juncture.”

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, a spokesperson for the Gauteng SAPS, mentioned the reason for the taking pictures used to be unknown at this degree.

“The case will be investigated by a multidisciplinary team on the immediate activation of the 72-hours response plan to detect the perpetrators.”