The Health Professions Council (HPCSA) has yet to respond to an application before the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to compel it to finalise the hearing against anti-abortion medical intern Jacques de Vos, notes a Cape Times report.
De Vos' attorney Martus de Wet, said the application was lodged and, after it is served by the sheriff of the court, which is expected this week, the HPCSA will have 10 days in which to respond.
De Vos is charged with allegedly dissuading a 19-week pregnant woman from terminating her pregnancy, disrespecting the dignity of the patient, and using emotive language to convey his beliefs after he allegedly likened her terminating her pregnancy to the “killing of a human being”.
Towards the end of last year, the HPCSA said it had “no choice” but to drop charges against De Vos, after the woman said she no longer wanted to proceed with the matter.
But De Vos's legal team said the charges had been reinstated.
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