Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
19 Sep 2019
6:10 am

SA doctors plead for ‘missing’ Zim medic to be found

Brian Sokutu

The ZHDA has accused Zimbabwe state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

Doctors protest over the abduction of the president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, Peter Magombeyi, outside of the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, 18 September 2019. Picture: EPA-EFE / AARON UFUMELI

Amid fears that Zimbabwean Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) leader Dr Peter Magombeyi, who has gone missing, could have been abducted by that country’s state security forces, the South African Medical Association (Sama) has made an impassioned plea to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to “help find him wherever he is held”. Sama’s appeal comes in the wake of a high court order, obtained by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), for any state agency holding Magombeyi to release him. Magombeyi, who was behind the protest by doctors for “a living wage” in the Zimbabwean public service, has not been seen...