Fake doctor in Hawks net

GAUTENG � The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation is asking potential victims of an alleged bogus doctor who is accused of performing medical examinations without a license to come forward.

63 - year old pensioner Vusumuzi Jeremiah Dhlamini who previously practiced as an auxiliary nurse has been arrested for masquerading as qualified medical doctor in Ratanda, Heidelberg.

Dhlamini allegedly owned and ran a medical facility in his backyard and reportedly charged R350 for consultation, administering and dispensing medication to unsuspecting patients.

An investigation by the Hawks Crimes Against The State revealed that Dhlamini stole a doctor's identity to further his fraudulent conduct. On Wednesday last week a multidisciplinary team led by the Hawks, and supported by the SAPS Local Criminal Record Centre - Forensic Science Unit and members officials from the Department of Health.

Dhlamini was found at home, and was slapped with a search warrant. Members seized documents, medical apparatus, medical bed, computer, patient's files and a large quantity of different types government issued.

The team also seized a 9mm pistol with live rounds and undisclosed amount of cash. He appeared before Heidelberg Magistrate Court on Friday and was released on R5 000.00 bail charged with sections of the Medical Health Act, Act 101 of 1965 and sections of the Arms and Ammunition Act, Act 60 of 2000.

The Acting Hawks Head Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has warned about an increase in people masquerading as medical practitioners using fake qualifications to ply their illegal trade.

We are concerned about the mushrooming of these illegal practitioners because they are innocent lives at serious risk. We are making a passionate plea to the public to come forward. We cannot allow this to go on and this is a warning to other so called doctors across the country that we are coming after you.

Many have remarkable fake diplomas from top universities, the best advice I can give to the public is to check the qualifications that they may have doubts about, said Lieutenant General Matakata.

Meanwhile Dhlamini's case was postponed to 9 June 2018 pending further investigations. The Hawks are urging anyone who many have any information that could assist the investigation to please contact Captain Patsa at 072 574 3492.

Source: South African Police Service