Hospital group Netcare has denied caving in to political pressure from EFF leader Julius Malema to suspend the practising privileges of anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi.

Munshi was suspended after the EFF leader visited Park Lane Hospital in October, following the unexpected death of 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed. Zayyaan was the son of Mohammadh Sayed, a business partner of Adriano Mazzotti, who runs tobacco firm Carnilinx. Mazzotti was one of Malema’s earliest donors, and evidently retains much clout with the EFF.

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