Doctor called to save Jackson Mthembu dies in Helicopter crash

Dr Kgopotso Rudolf Mononyane died in a Netcare Helicopter crash on his way to save Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, who passed-on on Thursday morning due to COVID-releated complication.

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, confirmed that one of the deceased Netcare health professionals was Dr Rudolph Mononya.

Zweli narrated the saddening event and expressed his condolences to the medics and pilot who lost their lives in the crash.

"One of the doctors who have passed away in the crash was actually called by a friend, Dr Paul William, to come and save Minister Jackson during a difficult time.

"He dropped the trip, he was supposed to go to KwaZulu-Natal, and his team waited, delayed his flight. He came back to [help Mthembu]. They came together with Dr Rudolph Mononyane, a cardiac anaesthetist, to do everything they could to support Minister Jackson and of course, unfortunately, as he was flying out he met a fatal accident," Mkhize told Clement Manyathela on eNCA on Thursday.

Netcare 911 Managing Director Craig Grindell expressed his pain and said investigation will be carried out.

"Netcare confirmed that the cause of the tragic accident will be investigated by the appropriate authorities."

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