Doctors 'must prove they're qualified'
Port Elizabeth - Six men who allegedly worked as doctors without being registered and claimed from medical aids have appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court, the Herald reported on Thursday.
Magistrate Mark Botha, in the men's bail application on Wednesday, ordered both the State and defence to check with relevant universities whether the men were qualified as doctors.
"If you give me a degree, I am not going to accept it at face value. I will satisfy myself first before accepting it," he said in court.
In the application for bail, defence counsel advocate Nic Potgieter used the quote by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi that the men were registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
Botha however said that this information would only be admissible in court if Motsoaledi himself testified.
Two of the doctors faced organised crime charges, because they allegedly allowed other doctors to use their practice numbers to claim from medical aids.
Four of the six doctors - Dr Rasheed Aremu, Dr Akinloye Eweoya, Dr Baladale Olutu and Dr Chike Valentine Ezulu - are registered with the HPCSA.
Hawks head Anwa Dramat said none of the four faced any charges of impersonating doctors.
The case resumes on Friday.