Bogus Nigerian doctors nabbed at hospitals

2011-02-09 14:06
Johannesburg - Seven bogus doctors from Nigeria have been arrested at hospitals and consulting rooms in five provinces, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

The seven were arrested in Hawks' raids in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, spokesperson McIntosh Polela said in a statement.

"One of the raids took place at Matlala hospital in Limpopo, where a qualified doctor was arrested. This doctor also owns three practices where he allegedly employs bogus doctors who make use of his name and practice number," Polela said.

"Another qualified doctor was arrested in Pretoria. He also owns three practices in which he too employs bogus doctors using his name and practice number," he said.

A man posing as a doctor was arrested at B J Vorster Hospital in the Eastern Cape. He did not have qualifications.

"The Hawks are baffled as to how he managed to secure himself a job at a government hospital," said Polela.

"We can only speculate how many people have entrusted their lives to these people believing that they were consulting doctors when in actual fact they are consulting quacks."

The seven would face charges of corruption, fraud, indecent assault and impersonating doctors.

Read more on:    health
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
63 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Someone may be making you feel uncomfortable. It may be a power issue or a situation that is forcing you to see things truthfully....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.