Cape Town – The Hawks in the Western Cape are seeking public assistance in tracing three bogus doctors who have been practicing without licenses in the area of Bellville and Khayelitsha.
Two of the “doctors” failed to appear in court after being charged with fraud and the contravention of the Medicines and Related Substances Act and the Health Professions Act, the Hawks said in a statement.
The statement said on Wednesday that Bunnel Kitete Tunda and Jeremy Liyongo Bompemo were arrested in 2018 during an operation by the Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team based in Bellville.
The Hawks’ investigation revealed that the “doctors” were not registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) but were dispensing medication and medical certificates to patients using certified doctors’ details and practice numbers.
“The operation was as a result of information that was received of three men suspected to be practising without licences and operating as medical doctors in the areas between Bellville and Khayelitsha.
#sapsHAWKS Hawks are seeking information to locate bogus doctors who are facing charges of fraud, contravention of the Medicines and Related Substances Act as well as contravention of the Health Professions Act. Info -> Col Morne Pierre Vos 082 481 3164.https://t.co/ThMvMhQarD pic.twitter.com/LBF8L9Bd8X
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“Further investigation revealed that they were indeed not registered with the Health Professional Council of SA (HPCSA) but they were also dispensing medication and medical certificates to patients using genuine doctors’ details and practice numbers,” said Hawks spokesperson, Zinzi Hani.
Hani said Tunda and Bompemo were found doing business in their surgery and were arrested by the team.
They have been on the run since their last court appearance when they were released on R5 000 bail each.
Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
“The third suspect who also practised illegally in Khayelitsha during 2018 is also sought, however, after the undercover operations he could not be traced,” Hani said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the investigating officer, Colonel Morne Pierre Vos on 082 481 3164.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe