Crime Intelligence received information in September 2020 about a woman who was masquerading as a doctor and practising without a license in the Chris Hani District.
An investigation ensued and on Thursday, 21 January 2021, after a successful joint operation involving Komani Crime Intelligence, DPCI, K9, VIS and the South African Health Products Authority.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana stated that two suspects, aged between 33 and 40, were apprehended.
It is believed that the 40-year-old woman, who is not registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA), was dispensing medication to patients.
According to reports, the ‘fake doctor’ had been practising since 2018. Investigators contacted HPCSA to verify the allegations, and they were provided with an affidavit in confirming that the woman was not registered with the body.
‘Operation Corona’ was launched and with the help of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority Unit, the two suspects were found doing business at the surgery and were arrested immediately.
The 33-year-old ‘assistant’ is suspected to be the boyfriend of the 40-year-old ‘fake doctor’.
After the initial surveillance, an intensive search of the surgery and her home produced medication with an estimated value of R700 000, as well as used and unused needles for injections.
“As management of the SAPS in the Province, we are on record as having warned people against fraudulent activities on many occasions. Those who are adamant and believe these are only idle threats, must suffer the consequences of their actions,” said Major General Patekile, Acting Provincial Commissioner.
The two suspects will be charged for Fraud and Contravention of Medicine Act No 101/1965.
They are expected to appear in the Queenstown Magistrate Court today.