Medics up for theft

Stan Mzimba

Stan Mzimba

A medical doctor and a pharmacist yesterday pleaded not guilty to stealing drugs worth R3000 from the Mthatha Hospital Complex last month.

Ortrum Meisner-Krich, 43, a German national, and Norah Katende-Kyende, 39, from Uganda, were arrested last month.

They work part-time at the complex and are full-time lecturers at the Walter Sisulu University.

They are currently out on bail of R1500 each.

According to the indictment, police found medication totalling about R3000 at their homes during a search.

The suspects are alleged to have organised for patients to visit the hospital and pretend they were ill.

After seeing a doctor, medication would be prescribed for the bogus patients, which the accused would then take for themselves.

In one instance, Meisner-Krich took medication on behalf of her gardener, who was not sick.

The case was postponed to March 6 for the state to call its witnesses, who were not present in court yesterday.