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Gauteng Legislature Urges Unity Against Violence After Doctor’s Murder

  • Dr. Michael Isabelle, a respected medical professional in Gauteng, tragically lost his life in an armed robbery at his medical facility in Dobsonville, Soweto.
  • The Gauteng Provincial Legislature's Portfolio Committee on Community Safety strongly condemned the senseless violence and called for swift action from law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrators.
  • The committee emphasized the need for national unity in condemning violence and reaffirmed the commitment to building safer communities, while extending heartfelt condolences to Dr. Isabelle's family.
Published by
Miriam Matoma


In a devastating turn of events, the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety has expressed profound dismay over the recent horrific murder of Dr. Michael Isabelle in Dobsonville, Soweto. Dr. Isabelle, a well-respected figure in the medical community, fell victim to a fatal shooting during an armed robbery at his medical facility, eventually succumbing to his injuries at a nearby hospital on Saturday.

The committee’s sentiments echoed the collective shock and outrage felt across South Africa as they emphasized the senseless nature of the crime. Dr. Isabelle’s refusal to surrender his belongings to the assailants cost him his life, shedding light on the alarming levels of violence persisting in communities like Soweto.

“This heartbreaking incident serves as a poignant reminder of the pervasive violence that continues to afflict our communities, with innocent individuals becoming casualties of heinous crimes,” remarked the committee, denouncing the incident as utterly unacceptable and regrettable.

Despite concerted efforts by both governmental and civil entities to combat crime in Gauteng and nationwide, criminal elements persist in terrorizing South Africans, instilling fear and wreaking havoc. Urging swift action, the committee called upon law enforcement agencies to expedite the apprehension of those responsible for Dr. Isabelle’s tragic demise, stressing the importance of ensuring that justice is served.

“It is imperative that we send a resounding message that senseless crimes of this nature have no place in our society, and perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions,” emphasized the committee, underlining the need for a unified stance against violence.

In addition to condemning the violence, the committee extended heartfelt condolences to Dr. Isabelle’s grieving family, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of medical professionals like him in saving lives and providing essential care to the community. Described as a jazz enthusiast known for his generosity and unwavering principles, Dr. Isabelle’s tragic fate resonates deeply with the nation, serving as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by those dedicated to serving others.

“We stand in solidarity with Dr. Isabelle’s family during this difficult time and recognize the profound loss not only to them but to society as a whole,” affirmed the committee, urging national unity in condemning violence and reaffirming the commitment to fostering safer communities for all.

According to reports from TimesLive Premium, this is not the first instance of Dr. Isabelle facing violence. Two decades ago, soon after qualifying in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, he was also attacked and shot in the stomach. Despite the risks, Dr. Isabelle remained dedicated to his profession, driven by an uncompromising work ethic and a passion for healing.

As South Africa mourns the loss of yet another valuable member of its community, the tragic death of Dr. Michael Isabelle serves as a sobering reminder of the urgent need for concerted action to address the root causes of violence and insecurity. It is a call to arms for all citizens to stand together in solidarity against crime, advocating for justice and safety in every corner of the nation.

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Miriam Matoma

Miriam is a freelance writer, she covers economics and government news for Rateweb. You can contact her on: Email: miriam@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @MatomaMiriam