Two weeks ago the family of popular doctor and health activist Dr Sindi van Zyl came out with a plea. She had been in hospital for two months after being felled by complications from Covid, and the bill for her stay had reached a staggering R2m.

Family and friends organised a crowdfunding drive. Within a few days, more than R1m had been raised. Then, on Saturday, the family announced that she had died...

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