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

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A city of Johannesburg healthcare worker has been released on R3 000 bail for allegedly selling false negative Covid-19 tests for R500.
A city of Johannesburg healthcare worker has been released on R3 000 bail for allegedly selling false negative Covid-19 tests for R500.
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A city of Johannesburg healthcare worker has been released on R3 000 bail for allegedly selling false negative Covid-19 tests for R500.

Skhumbuzo Manana, 28, appeared at the Booysens Magistrate's Court on Monday, where he is charged with the contravention of the Medicines and Related Activities Act, uttering (passing of false/forged documents), and possession of suspected stolen goods. 

He was arrested on Saturday night after a week-long joint operation where he was watched by the City's Group Forensic and Investigation Service department and the Johannesburg Metro Police.

"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.

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"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," said Group Forensic and Investigation Service Spokesperson Lucky Sindane in a statement on Sunday. 

Sindane said that preliminary investigations revealed that Manana, who works at Parkhurst Clinic, was not working alone, and more people were expected to be arrested in the ongoing investigation.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonodwane said that Manana was given 24 hours to hand over his travel documents to the State. 

He will be back in court on 17 September. 


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