Fake doctors are not just a SA problem, UK to probe 3,000 foreign doctors

Nurse masquerading as doctor

In May, TimesLIVE reported on a retired auxiliary nurse who fooled people into believing he was a doctor and allegedly charged R350 per “consultation.”

Police asked anyone who had consulted Vusumuzi Jeremiah Dlamini to come forward.

Dlamini allegedly stole a doctor’s identity so he could pull off the scam.

When police and health department officials pounced on his backyard rooms, they found a firearm and cash among patient files and medical equipment.

Western Cape syndicate

After a series of raids at 15 premises, the Hawks arrested six alleged bogus doctors in Cape Town back in May.  

“The suspects face an array of charges for violating the Health Professions Act, other related medical acts, fraud, forgery and uttering as well as money laundering,” said Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Witbank woman’s woes

A tip-off about bogus doctors led to the arrest of a 38-year-old Witbank woman in September.

She allegedly failed to produce a practising card when health officials and law enforcement authorities arrived at her place of work.

For most of the culprits, pretending to be a doctor and carelessly dispensing medicine is just another way to make a quick buck. But, for the sick, it’s a matter of life and death.

“We are concerned about the mushrooming of these illegal practitioners because there are innocent lives at risk,” said Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata of the Hawks.

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