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Online signature-gathering campaign to support a South-African medical professional
-CitizenGO Campaigns Director for Africa Ann Kioko: “Dr. De Vos was effectively barred from practicing medicine in South Africa for the past two years despite numerous efforts by Dr. De Vos and his legal team to have him reinstated and allegations dropped”.
NAIROBI, SEPTEMBER 25TH 2019.- The international platform CitizenGO has delivered over 19,000 signatures from African citizens, concerned about the fate of Doctor Jacques De Vos, suspended for manifesting his pro-life condition to a patient in South-Africa, and now being reviewed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The signatures were delivered by CitizenGO’s Campaign Director for Africa, Ann Kioko, to the High Commissioner, Mr. Thembela Ngculu, at his office in Nairobi, Kenya. He reassured those assisting that “he would bring that up with his government, but he added “they could not do so much to help the doctor from the charges he is facing”.
The HPCSA will decide over Dr. Jacques De Vos fate after a six bench hearing next month following his expulsion from the medical profession, accused of holding pro-life views at a patient that wanted to perform an abortion. The inquiry was supposed to begin in August but was postponed until the first week of October 2019. In the meantime, Doctor De Vos has been suspended from his job for the past two years, which has taken a toll on his health, according to his lawyers.
Ann Kioko, who had launched the online signature-gathering petition supporting De Vos, lamented that “Dr. De Vos was effectively barred from practicing medicine in South Africa for the past two years despite numerous efforts by Dr. De Vos and his legal team to have him reinstated and allegations dropped".
The case had reached South-African media, particularly when his lawyer spoke earlier this year stating that “the very charges brought by the HPCSA were not clear from the beginning, and that had given the defense very little time and means to prepare his case”.
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