Dr Abdulhay Munshi was murdered on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly receiving several death threats.
Speaking to The Star, the SA Medical Association (SAMA) chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee, confirmed the doctor and his colleague, paediatric surgeon Dr Beale, mentioned the death threats to her, but she says none of them took it seriously.
Dr Munshi and Dr Beale are co-accused in a Netcare culpable homicide case. The pair were held responsible for the death of 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed. The boy died after he had undergone a routine laparoscopic operation at the Netcare Park Lane hospital in October 2019.
The doctors were arrested in December 2019 and were then released on R10 000 bail each. After several delays since they were due back in court on 16 November.
According to reports, Dr Munshi was shot six times in the back after a vehicle ran into his car in Orange Grove Johannesburg on Wednesday 16 September.
Reports say SAMA chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee said Sama believes the two doctors received death threats because of the case.
She told The Star, “It was not a normal murder or a robbery or a suicide attempt. Nothing was stolen and someone bumped into the back of his car and he came out to inspect what happened and there are witnesses who said he was just shot in the back,”.
Dr Beale has allegedly been taken to a safe place for his protection.