Indian-origin doc murdered in SA

Sadera Bhamjee, who was a gynaecologist, was brutally murdered by unknown assailants in KwaZulu-Natal province.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 14:40 IST

The medical community in Pietermaritzburg is still in a state of shock over the weekend murder of a South African-Indian gynaecologist who was also the wife of a member of Parliament.

Sadera Bhamjee, 56, was brutally murdered in her consulting room in the capital of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province on Friday by unknown assailants, when her receptionist, Reshma Sookraj, was out for lunch.

According to media reports here, Sadera, wife of Yusuf Bhamjee, the African National Congress MP who represents KwaZulu-Natal in the National Assembly, was stabbed in her head and neck.

When Reshma returned and went into the consulting room to announce the next patient's arrival, she found Sadera lying in a pool of blood.

She died at St Anne's Hospital Friday evening. Her husband reached her 15 minutes before she passed away.

Police are still investigating the matter and no arrests have been made as yet.

A report in the Mercury newspaper quoted a police spokesman as saying that they remained baffled as to how the perpetrator got into her consulting room, which were controlled by an electronic security system that required a code to be entered before access could be gained.

Sadera's handbag, which contained money, had been left at the scene and nothing else was missing.

Hundreds of people, including KwaZulu-Natal premier S'bu Ndebele, attended her funeral, which was held late Friday evening.

Sadera was known as a caring doctor, whose gentle approach put her patients at ease.

"It will not be easy to fill the void but I'm sure that, with the general support of the community and our extended family, we will be able to enter a new chapter in our lives. That is what she would have wanted us to do," her husband was quoted as saying.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 13:45 IST