dr. Angelique Coetzee, the chairman of the board of the South African Medical Association (Sama), has resigned with immediate effect.
De Sama made the announcement on Friday and said Coetzee had informed the association of her resignation on Thursday evening during the board meeting. She will simply remain a member of the Sama board.
“The current Vice-Chairman of Sama’s Board of Directors, Dr. Mvuyisi Mzukwa, will assume the role of Interim Chairman while the Board considers the permanent replacement of Dr. Coetzee,” Sama said in a response. statement†
dr. Edward Ngwenya, the chairman of Sama’s chairmanship forum, will take on the role of interim vice chairman.
Although Sama did not disclose the reasons for Coetzee’s resignation, she unreservedly apologized for her comments during a meeting last week. January interview on CapeTalkregarding admission requirements to medical schools in South Africa.
During the interview, Coetzee expressed his personal opinion that medical school admission procedures were highly politicized.
She argued that race played an important role in determining acceptance by medical schools, and said that in many cases the applicant’s performance was not taken into account and that different criteria existed for different race groups.
Sama distanced herself from Coetzee’s views, saying they were unhappy.
“The association appreciates South Africa’s painful history and therefore sympathizes with the pain and anger that Dr. Coetzee may have caused it among doctors and the general population in the country.
“Sama furthermore distances herself from Dr. Coetzee’s statement as it does not represent the ethos of the association and the democratic principles it stands for,” Sama said in a statement. statement then.
compiled by Thapelo Lekabe