Bogus abortion doctor arrested in Pretoria

2011-05-16 18:30

Johannesburg - An alleged bogus doctor was arrested in Pretoria over the weekend for performing illegal abortions, the health department said on Monday.

The man, suspected of being part of a syndicate of bogus doctors, was arrested on Saturday, shortly before he was allegedly due to perform an abortion on a young Pretoria woman, spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said in a statement.

The department welcomed the arrest and urged members of the public to use only registered clinics and hospitals to terminate pregnancies.

"In registered clinics and hospitals the termination services are performed by qualified and trained doctors and nurses in proper environments. Such services are provided free of charge," Hadebe said.

"Illegal abortions often lead to extreme dangers, such as permanent damage of the womb and even death in some instances. People wishing to terminate pregnancy are advised to talk to their health worker, where they will be given counselling on the procedure.

"Illegal, back-street abortion facilities are only there to crook desperate women and rob them of their cash."

Hadebe, who commended police for the arrest, urged the public to report people performing illegal abortions.