Dr Glenda Gray gets candid on lockdown controversy

Named by Time magazine and Forbes Africa as one of the most influential people in the world, award-winning SA doctor Glenda Gray tells Claire Keeton of the darkness of her distress when she was attacked for her comments on the lockdown

05 July 2020 - 00:00 By CLAIRE KEETON

For the first time, Glenda Gray, Wits professor of paediatrics, South African Medical Research Council (MRC) president and member of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, has revealed why she could not, on principle, apologise for questioning the government’s handling of the lockdown even at the risk of being suspended.

After a brutal week in May, during which she was attacked from all sides, a board member advised her to apologise in writing to make the backlash “go away”. “If I say ‘I’m sorry’ and I’m silenced, then what about the nurse or the doctor who then becomes too scared to speak out if they see what happens to me? If I have this huge voice and I’m silenced, then what about everyone who comes after me?” Gray thought on her darkest weekend...

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