Bedfordview-based ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Dr Ivan Jardine is determined to continue helping patients in need despite having spent nearly 12 hours in custody.

Jardine was arrested on July 16 at 10 p.m. near Park Meadows for violating lockdown curfew.

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He was arrested by officers on his way home to care for a patient.

“Earlier that day, I had received a call from my cousin who told me that my aunt was dehydrated and needed medical attention,” Jardine said.

Jardine said no police officer or government official would stop him from performing his duties as a doctor.

Although Jardine didn’t have his license with him, he tried to explain to the agents who he was.

He informed them that a hospital where he worked was located nearby.

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Jardine said when arrested he was taken to Bedfordview Police Station.

At the station, he was informed that his bond would be R 2,000. Jardine told officers he did not have this amount on him at the time.

He was released the next day, July 17 at 8 a.m., after his family had paid his bail.

Jardine’s first appearance was on July 19 at Edenvale Magistrates’ Court; however, the case was postponed until August 5.

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