Cash-for-kidneys surgeon dies during Seychelles holiday
ONE OF the four surgeons involved in an international cash-for-kidneys scandal has died while on holiday with his family in the Seychelles.
Mahadev Naidoo and three other doctors were charged with fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and contravention of the Human Tissue Act for allegedly performing illegal transplant operations at Netcare’s St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.
The charges were withdrawn in the Durban High Court in December last year after the judge found the surgeons had their right to a fair trial infringed after a seven-and-a-half year delay in bringing the matter to trial.
The surgeons, John Robbs, Ariff Haffejee, Neil Christopher and Naidoo, brought an application in December 2011 in which they claimed they did not know that wealthy Israelis had paid poor Brazilians for their kidneys. They claimed malicious and selective prosecution.
Netcare paid a R7 million fine for admitting its guilt in the scam. – Sapa