Soweto woman posing as a doctor arrested

The Hawks say she had been operating in the area over the past 10 years, issuing sick notes and performing abortions as well as other medical procedures.

FILE: A sign at a doctor's room. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the Health Professions Council investigates close to 500 cases involving suspicious medical practitioners it’s called on the public to report bogus doctors.

It says fraudsters have been arrested in the country since January. Four of them were cornered in Gauteng over the past month.

In the latest case, a woman was arrested in Pimville Soweto on Tuesday for allegedly posing as a doctor.

The Hawks say she had been operating in the area over the past 10 years, issuing sick notes and performing abortions as well as other medical procedures.

She has been charged under the Medicine Control Act and is expected to appear in court later this week.

The council's president Doctor Kgosi Letlape said: “If you are suspicious about a doctor, you could ask the doctor to produce a practitioner card. Every doctor needs to have a current practitioner card which is valid from the 1st of April to the 31st of March the following year.”