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handcuffsThe Star reports that an alleged fake doctor jumped out of the window of her “surgery” and fled as police conducted a raid at her premises in Soweto on Tuesday morning.  

The Congolese woman, who had been operating as a medical doctor for the past 10 years, allegedly issued sick notes, performed abortions and also issued medical certificates to drivers applying for public driving permits (PDPs).  Police later arrested her at a nearby park as she was about to get into a vehicle.  While police and officials from the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) questioned the doctor, a 65-year-old man, who works as a driver for a Joburg-based bus company, arrived, allegedly to buy a medical certificate for R100 to be able to apply for a PDP.  According to a Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson, this arrest was the fifth bogus doctor apprehended in Gauteng in four weeks as part of Operation Recall.  At least 32,000 driving permits are said to have been obtained through bogus doctors.  The nabbed imposter will be charged under the Medicines Control Act and will also be facing fraud charges for operating as a doctor.  According to the HPCSA, 38 bogus doctors have been arrested since January this year.

  • Read this report by Nokuthula Zwane in full at The Star
  • Read too, Bogus doctors appear in North West court, at News24

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