Monday, July 5, 2010

Syndicate behind organ-harvesting scam?

5 July 2010, 07:29
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'Families don't know when organs are removed'

By Anna Louw

A Gauteng government commission believes a syndicate that recruits runners with contacts at government mortuaries, funeral parlours and hospitals could be behind the multibillion-rand organ-harvesting industry.

The task team has unearthed unethical practices in the industry.

Johan Rousseau, an expert and consultant heading the government task team investigating the possible regulation of the funeral industry, said: "This is big business, generating serious money annually."

The team has identified officials at government mortuaries, funeral parlours and some medical personnel who it says may be linked to these illegal and unethical practices.

Police investigations are under way, and the National Prosecuting Authority is aware of the results of the research and investigations.

Rousseau said the team's warnings appeared to have been ignored by the powers that be at the time. Those included the Gauteng Legislature, the national government and the State Attorney.

But on Sunday, ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete had asked for the information relating to the team's proposals on steps to regulate the funeral parlour industry.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on July 05, 2010

The Star

Comments by Sonny

Body part sales has always been a "cultural thing!"

No wonder we don't have any whistle blowers!

How many 'contaminated' body parts are up for sale?

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