Glenda Gray banned from speaking to media as SAMRC apologises

Glenda Gray banned from speaking to media as SAMRC apologises

2020-05-25 11:05:00 AM

Glenda Gray banned from speaking to media as SAMRC apologises

The council says they will institute a fact-finding investigation into the 'damage' the comments have caused.

Professor Glenda Gray (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 /Bongiwe Gumede)The council says they will institute a fact-finding investigation into the ‘damage’ the comments have caused.The SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) board has reportedly apologised for comments made by its president Professor Glenda Gray regarding the government’s apparent handling of its advice relating to the lockdown.

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News24 say they have seen a letter signed by SAMRC chairperson professor Johnny Mahlangu, which apologises to the ministry of health and the Ministerial Advisory Committee.The letter states that the board will also bar Gray and her staff from speaking to the media until the matter of her public comments is resolved.

In the letter addressed to acting director-general of the health department, Dr Anban Pillay, the board said it was proud of “how the government has based its response on the available scientific data”.“Consequently, the Board distances itself from any negative comments made by Professor Gray associated with how the SA government has managed Covid-19 which have appeared in the media,” the letter reads.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday last week responded strongly to Gray’s public stance, saying her criticism of the lockdown regulations “undermines the joint work” the state is taking to fight Covid-19.Gray previously called South Africa’s phased exit from the lockdown nonsensical and unscientific and said it should be eradicated completely.

Gray has since clarified that she did not criticise the lockdown or the extension of the lockdown, but emphasised that her critical comments related to some of the regulations.Her views received widespread support from many in the medical community.In March, she was appointed a member of the MAC, where she was the chairperson of the research subcommittee.

She is also the chief executive officer of the SAMRC and an expert in infectious diseases, HIV and has training in paediatrics. Read more: The Citizen News »

That's the problem of being an independent within the collective. When people are banned.. the truth is banned.. So juts how scared is this ANC charade – of academic truth and uncomfortable questions? You must know that when those who talk the truth are treated like criminals, then you are being ruled by criminals.

Congratulations to SAMRC this was the best they are doing! Ake bame o Professor Jansen ba Bhekane nama University ingane zidinga imfundo So ridiculous Don't just give us news, give us news behind the news. Is the SAMRC funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or an affiliate proxy? Coerced into silence. So what she said must've been true.

We are really becoming a banana republic. Glenda must sue

OPINION | Glenda Gray should be defended and her accusers should be in the dockFor the record, I completely agree with Professor Glenda Gray and her colleagues’ frank appraisal of the damage caused by the continuation of the lockdown. This is a view shared widely in society for good reason. We are only calling for HPCSA to investigate her conduct after her claims were proven to be factually incorrect. Prof Gray must account for her actions. A mere response to an attack is now viewed as an attacked. People should not criticize if they can not take factual responses... I salute you Aslam Dasoo on your article regarding Dr Gray. Courage and truth.

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Prof Glenda Gray's 'voice should not be silenced': Wits perinatal HIV research unitWits university's perinatal HIV research unit (PHRU) on Sunday said calls for Prof Glenda Gray to be investigated for speaking about the lockdown were an insult to academic freedom and a violation of her right to freedom of expression. She must be held accountable for her fake news on Covid-19! She blatantly and maliciously lied, seemingly with the promise that she will be defended and protected.

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Group of leading scientists come out in support of Glenda Gray who dared to criticise lockdown rulesA group of leading scientists have come out in support of Prof Glenda Gray after a senior health official called for her to be investigated for daring to criticise the government's lockdown strategy. Ok. Nice of them. OFCOURSE SHE MUST BE INVESTIGATED? When did AdHabb become a scientist? This country mara!

Group of leading scientists come out in support of Glenda Gray who dared to criticise lockdown rulesA group of leading scientists have come out in support of Prof Glenda Gray after a senior health official called for her to be investigated for daring to criticise the government's lockdown strategy. Where are the business leaders!?