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The Radiological Society of South Africa has since expressed its shock at the senseless killing of Doctor Abdulhay Munshi.
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Police have opened a murder case for investigation following a fatal shooting of a 57-year old Doctor on Wednesday afternoon 16 September 2020 by unknown suspects in Norwood, Johannesburg. While police said they could not disclose or confirm the deceased’s identity, the Radiology Society of South Africa (RSSA) confirmed that Doctor Abdulhay Munshi was killed.
Munshi was co-accused for culpable homicide with paediatric surgeon Doctor Peter Beale regarding the death of a young boy. Their court case was recently postponed to November 2020.
According to SAPS Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the doctor was allegedly shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon by unknown suspects.
While the motive for the shooting is yet to be determined, the case will be investigated by a multi-disciplinary team on the immediate activation of the 72-hours Response Plan to detect the perpetrators.
Peters has called on anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has information that could lead towards the apprehension of the suspect(s) to report to the nearest police station or call the crime stop number 08600 10111. Information may be provided anonymously.
Munshi and Beale were accused of culpable homicide regarding the death of 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed in October 2019. Sayed passed away in hospital on 11 October 2019 after undergoing laparoscopic surgery for acid reflux at Netcare’s Park Lane Hospital, in Park Town. As previously reported by The South African, Zayyaan’s lung collapsed just hours after the procedure.
The Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA), in a statement, expressed its shock regarding the “brutal and senseless” murder of specialist anaesthetist Doctor Abdulhay Munshi. The society expressed their deepest condolences to family, friends and professional colleagues in their time of grief and tragic loss.
President of RSSA Dr Dharmesh Daya said that at the time of their public arrest in October 2019, the RSSA along with many others in the medical profession were outraged.
“The public arrest of the two doctors and their almost immediate suspension, without inquiry by the health regulator, the Health Professions Council of South Africa, was premature. The normal progression of events was reversed, which endangers the everyday practice of medicine in South Africa. Alleged malpractice must be investigated, but investigation must precede sanction and criminal charges. As with all accused, doctors have rights and are innocent until proven guilty,” said Daya.
“We are outraged by the brutal murder of Dr Munshi. Doctors travel at all times of day and night to see patients. There are increasing numbers of reports of 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,” added Daya.
The RSSA has urged the authorities to act without fear or favour to find and arrest the murderers to protect the medical profession from terror.
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