Case of Joburg nurse accused of selling false negative Covid-19 tests postponed to next year

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  • Healthcare worker appears in court for allegedly selling false negative Covid-19 tests.
  • The case was postponed for a forensic report.
  • The case is back in court in January next year.

The case of a City of Joburg healthcare worker accused of selling false negative Covid-19 tests, was postponed in the Booysens Magistrate's Court on Friday after a brief appearance.

Skhumbuzo Manana, 28, is charged with the contravention of the Medicines and Related Activities Act, uttering and the possession of suspected stolen goods. The matter was postponed to 12 January 2022 for a forensic report.

News24 previously reported that Manana was arrested in a joint operation involving the City's Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) department and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.

"It is alleged that the suspect sells the fake Covid-19 negative test certificates to people wishing to travel to other countries without conducting the actual test and taking blood samples.

READ | Healthcare worker charged for allegedly selling fake false Covid-19 tests to people wanting to travel

"All you need to do is send him your identity number. After a day or two, you will receive a message from the laboratory indicating that you tested negative for Covid-19. He will then give you the certificate for which he charges R500," the GFIS' Lucky Sindane previously said in a statement.

News24 further reported that Sindane said Manana, who is employed at the Parkhurst Clinic, did not work alone and that more arrests were expected in the ongoing investigation.

Manana is out on R3 000 bail.

His bail conditions include the handing over his travel documents to the State.


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