Cash-for-kidney syndicate member pleads guilty
One of the eight people accused of being involved in an illegal cash-for-kidneys syndicate in Durban pleaded guilty to 50 charges on Tuesday.
Samuel Ziegler was given a five year suspended prison term and a R50,000 fine for his role in the syndicate. The syndicate is accused of removing organs from Brazilian donors and placing them in Israeli recipients.
He is the first person to be punished for his involvement in the scandal.
The operations were carried out at Netcare’s St Augustine hospital in Durban between 2001 and 2003.
Ziegler pleaded guilty to 50 charges under the Human Tissue Act.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s Mthunzi Mhaga said Ziegler only facilitated interaction between recipients and donors.
“He played a minimal role,” he said. “He was simply a translator in the scheme of things.”
Meanwhile, the doctors who carried out the operations will appear in court in December.