Anger over NPA’s decision to charge Dr Beale with murder

Anger over NPA’s decision to charge Dr Beale with murder

The President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has slammed the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to charge paediatric surgeon, Professor Peter Beale, with murder.

Beale and the late anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi were first charged with culpable homicide after 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed died following a routine surgery at Johannesburg’s Park Lane Hospital in 2019.

Last week, however, the NPA changed the charge to that of murder and added fraud to the charge sheet.

“The state alleges that he misrepresented facts to the parents Zayyaan Sayed therefore causing them to believe accept and believe to their prejudice or potential prejudice that the procedure performed on the child was necessary when results obtained from Lancelet laboratories revealed otherwise,” says NPA Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane.

However, Dr Letlape believes the NPA is overreaching. 

“It is extremely concerning to hear that the NPA is charging Prof Beale with murder because it makes the prospect of practicing of medicine in this country quite frightening. I hope the medical profession wakes up to the new reality that is being created by the NPA and we stand together to fight criminalisation of the profession,” says Letlape.

He plans to mobilise his colleagues “so that we stand up against the brutality against the profession.”

Baele is due to appear in the High Court in Johannesburg on February 19.

So far, more than 42 000 have signed a petition to have the charges against him dropped.

His co-accused in the matter died in a hail of bullets in Orange Groove last year.

His assailant is unknown and remains on the loose.

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

The case against two Alexandra police officers accused of killing a 28-year-old Samantha Radebe has been postponed to later this month.

The officers briefly appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court this morning.

They will return to court on the 29th of October for a bail hearing.

Sergeant Frans Malesela Kganyago and Constable Wisani Redgement Chabani face murder and attempted murder charges, respectively.

Radebe was coming from work when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

The officers are said to have been engaged in a shootout with suspected criminals in Tsutsumani, Alexandra, in January this year.

The accused officers are not being kept in custody, for now, as they were summoned to appear before court and not arrested

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng Spokesperson Phindi Njonondwane says they have a strong case against the pair.

“After the assessment process, we realised that there are prospects for prosecution and the matter was enrolled based on evidence before court.”

Radebe’s family was present in court. It says it is pinning its hopes on the state to ensure that justice is served for the slain mother.

Family spokesperson Morena Mathane says they are in pain.

“The family is still in pain to see the officers roaming in the streets, but we hope justice will prevail at the end of the matter.”