Bogus Doctors Denied Bail For Supplying Fake Medical Certificates

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Two Ugandan nationals have been arrested following allegations that they supply fake doctor's certificates to people posing as doctors.

Two Ugandan nationals, James Lwanyaga (48) and his friend Paul Linton Ssengoba (47) were denied bail by the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court on Friday following their arrest by the Hawks’ in Klerksdorp, North West.

The two men were arrested for contravening the Health Professions Act 54 of 1976 as it is alleged that they sold medical certificates to people who were illegally practising as medical doctors.

According to Hawks spokesperson, Robert Netshuianda, following the tip-off to the police about the allegations made against the men, an undercover investigation then ensued and on three separate occasions, the two men sold medical certificates to undercover cops for R150, R200 and R300 without any form of examination.

Ssengoba, who also owns a tavern, also sold medical certificates from his liquor premises.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa verified that some of the names on the medical certificates belonged to doctors who were registered with the health profession organization, however, the two Ugandan men were not registered doctors.

The two accused men will appear in the separate courts in the North West again on 07 February 2017.

Pulane Choane/BloemfonteinCourant