Many onscreen scenarios have focused on the business of buying organs via the black market. On both sides of the equation, illegality is the name of the game and more often than not “donors” are actually unwilling candidates.
So it’s a little eerie when pamphlets advertising organs are handed out at the intersection of Durban and Tyger Valley roads in Tyger Valley.
Distributed by the New Day Clinic, IOL reports you can “get the body part you want within a week, while transplants are offered at their “world-class medical facility”.”
Assessing the clinic’s website, where the price of organs can be found, they claim you can “buy a kidney for just over R3.5 million, while a patch of skin will set you back R140 per square centimetre.”
Eyes are apparently easy to come by, because they sell for just R2 000 each, while a second-hand spleen will cost R7 000.
The motorist who notified media was shocked when a “Nigerian woman” dressed in a surgical mask and white latex gloves handed the pamphlet to her:
“This place does not exist, yet the number provided is in use by a man who deals with these human organs. Illegal, first of all, but most alarming is wondering where do these people get fresh organs at request?” the motorist says.
The pamphlet reads: “Need organs? We can source organs within 168 hours; healthy, reliable and fully tested. Transplants take place in our world-class medical facility. Whatever you need, we can find: kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, corneas and skin. Contact us today for a free consultation.”
A website address and contact number is provided, but no physical address for the clinic is listed.
And here’s a screenshot of what’s on the website:
On the website, it also states “Life is a gift”, followed by:
ONE THAT YOU DESERVE. So why languish in poor health when the poor could be used to help you live long and prosper? Our buildings, doctors and equipment are all top of the line. Our scrub-garbed professionals keep your care as their top priority; they only live to serve. For a hassle free experience, choose the right medical services – choose New Day Clinic.
The Daily Voice called the number provided but was greeted by a voice message from a male with a French-African accent stating:
Thank you for calling the New Day Clinic. Your solution to bypass the system. Please leave your contact details and our consultants will return your call. Your health, and anonymity, is our priority.
Of course, selling and buying human organs is illegal and the Western Cape Health Department says it has alerted police. Let’s just hope this operation, and others like it, get shut down as soon as possible.
UPDATE – Apparently this is a marketing campaign for a new movie. Here’s Africa Check with a little insight:
Suppose it’s mission accomplished in that people are talking about it.
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