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By Sowetan LIVE and Sapa | Feb 25, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

There is a cash-for-organs advertisement that is being used to promote a new horror movie - which has been met with condemnation

The advert includes a website and pamphlets distributed in Johannesburg advertising “Dr Uba’s Clinic”, which offers money in exchange for organs and body parts.

"This is extremely poor taste and trivialises a serious and under-reported problem," said Democratic Alliance health spokesman Jack Bloom.

He noted that recently, allegations were made by a private investigator, Trevor Ackerman, that an organ harvesting syndicate is operating on the East Rand that strips dead bodies of organs to be sold.

And in February last year, Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner William Mpembe said that “muti murders, particularly those involving young children, seem to be on the rise in the Tshwane areas including Soshanguve, Garankuwa and Rietgat".

"The public outcry over this advertisement will hopefully lead to more awareness and a crackdown on the illegal human muti trade," Bloom noted.

  • The Ogilvy advertising agency apologised “unreservedly” on Friday.

The campaign - for a South African horror movie - included a pamphlet saying “Dr Uba pays the best prices for all your body parts and organs... We pay keen cash for eyes (up to R5000 in cash), breast (up to R1800), tongue (up to R2500 in cash!).

The website showed pictures of a semi-naked woman about to go into surgery.

Spokesman Rich Hlatshwayo said in a statement that creative agency, 1984, a subsidiary of Ogilvy, produced the campaign on behalf of Indigenous Film Distribution to promote the movie 'Night Drive'.

“While the motivation behind this campaign was honourable, 1984 acknowledges that this was in bad taste and apologises unreservedly,” he said.

MD for Ogilvy in Johannesburg, Julian Ribeiro, said the company 1984 consists of “three young talents who joined Ogilvy last year”. He added: “They had an existing relationship with Indigenous Film Distribution and the project for 'Night Drive' was ongoing”.   

Ribeiro said Ogilvy was “very upset” about the campaign and disciplinary action would be taken “internally”.

He said further: “1984 did seek legal counsel [before the campaign was launched] and were told to make sure that the details on the pamphlet and the  website were fictitious... that the phone number would not work and  that no harm would be brought to anyone”.

“No one ever expected this kind of response. Only 800 leaflets were handed out at robots and the project had a low budget.”   

It is not clear where the movie will be shown on circuit.

COMMENTS [ 19 ]

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jack bloom wa tsenwa, ba mo loile, der is no bad taste there, its plain joke and those who called the number shud b ashamed coz it shows they were interested, wat hapnd 2 gud old fun, i like da 4 kipn anc in line but ds time they lost it. blady agents

Feb 25, 2011 11:24 | 0 replies

great movie indeed, but am scare of the idea. in South Africa we have already suffered people killings for these parts. in my village we have lost a lot of people in 2009 killed every day in their houses, on the way from work and it was for only one reason, wombs,eyes and some few body parts.

All I can say the devil is making sure to plant the seed, that even those who wanted to do this now, but not sure of the strategy it must be shown publicly how its done, I guess they did a very good work putting together this BUT what we c its what we learn from either positively or negatively. Somethings are better off not sent to the public.

Our children learn more about how to use drugs through what they hear and c. Smae as robbers i guess media industry play a vital role on teaching them coz is in the movies,papers, books etc.

Well unfortunately its a personal decision on what u want to learn out of everything u c.

My opinion.

Concerned Citizen.

Feb 26, 2011 12:54 | 0 replies

Well this people have limited minds...dont they think gore people will kill before calling them, even if the number do not work, some people would already been dead.....Lord have mercy on these people!!

Feb 25, 2011 5:44 | 0 replies

@EmptyTin
Thanks for watching the trailer b4 posting your comment. It's only fools that makes comments without thinking. Why do South Africans (Some of them. cos there good ones like QueenB) like criticizing Nigerians so much. Is it hatred or what?. I need some clarification here pls. Why are we so quick to judge? Why cant we keep our comments and opinions until we know the truth. Why do we lable and call each others names just because of the attitude of some Nigerian. Are all South African good? Why do we judge people based on where they came from without even given them an opportunity to express themselves.

WHERE IS UR SPIRIT OF UBUNTU? Remember comments posted cannot be removed or edited so is what we think or say of each other. Lets change our approach towards each other

Feb 25, 2011 4:3 | 0 replies

@foreigner

I saw the trailer,it is a good movie I must say,first horror movie from SA cant wait to c it on the 3rd

Feb 25, 2011 3:47 | 0 replies

This movie is a South African Movie

Feb 25, 2011 3:15 | 0 replies

U guys making bad remarks about Nigerians are idiot. That phamlets is just for advert. go to the site and see. IDIOTS

Feb 25, 2011 3:14 | 0 replies

Ja neh, hafha hu kho itwa bonyongo, This is unacceptable and I think the government should intervene and ban this so called South African movie which sounds like a Nigerian replica. Ho vhifha.

@Matodzi, hala dude, u got tha same name as me

Feb 25, 2011 2:59 | 0 replies

Very poor taste. What were they thinking? Shock advertising tactic? Sorry this is not so funny to most of us. Bloggers, this has nothing to do with Nigerians, please keep your xenophibic tendencies in check.

Feb 25, 2011 1:50 | 0 replies

In a country were there are "Muti" killings aplenty somebody made a spoof about selling human body parts? Clearly some people have their wires crossed in the name of being creative....

Feb 25, 2011 1:42 | 0 replies

What kind os shittoooo is this now!!! Dr What!!! Niger pleaso, cant you just leave us alone now. Evereyday niger doctors, niger Prince Okah with 8 cellphones,niger drug lab in Midrand, now Dr Uba-pody parts for sale...aaghhh voetsek mannnnnn

Feb 25, 2011 1:36 | 0 replies