Johannesburg – Zimbabwe's "abducted" doctor Peter Magombeyi, is being prevented from leaving to travel to South Africa for further medical treatment – in contempt of a court order ruling that he should be allowed to travel.
Approximately 100 Zimbabwe riot police surrounded the Avenues Clinic in the capital Harare late Tuesday preventing Magombeyi from leaving the hospital grounds despite a High Court ruling by Justice Happias Zhou.
“The respondents or any person or officer acting through them or on their behalf be and are hereby interdicted from preventing directly or indirectly, Peter Gabriel Magombeyi from leaving Zimbabwe for purposes of accessing medical services in the Republic of South Africa,” the court ruling stated.
Magombeyi, who is the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), was seized last week in what appears to be a politically motivated abduction, after calling for a pay strike as Zimbabwe's health care system collapses. Hundreds of medical staff are refusing to return to work until their pay and working conditions improve and kidnappings cease.
Rumours that he had died in custody began to circulate. However, he was subsequently released with his medical condition undetermined.