Doctor who tried to steal body parts returns to work

The doctor is accused of trying to steal the heart and brain of a woman at the Diepsloot mortuary in 2013.

Surgery tools. Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed that a doctor accused of trying to steal body parts at the Diepkloof mortuary has returned to work.

On Wednesday, it emerged that doctors at the facility had downed tools after the man returned to work three days ago.

The doctor is accused of trying to steal the heart and brain of a woman from a bucket at the mortuary in 2013.

The department says the man was allowed to return to his post after an arbitration decision in his favour.

The health department's Prince Hamnca says disciplinary hearing will begin soon mid-April.

"Dates have been set aside for us to continue with that process. So we will proceed in mid-April."

The Democratic Alliance's Jack Bloom believes the doctor shouldn't have been allowed to return to the mortuary until he has been cleared. The opposition party has called on the department to set up extra control to prevent theft of body parts from government mortuaries.