Zambian among quack doctors arrested in South Africa

Six alleged bogus doctors from Nigeria and Zambia appeared briefly in the Middelburg Magistrates Court in Mpumulanga on Tuesday.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela said the five, who face charges of corruption, fraud, indecent assault and impersonating doctors, were remanded in custody to February 23, when it is expected that they would apply for bail.

It had been initially reported that a group of Nigerian nationals had been arrested, but Polela said that five were Nigerian and one was Zambian.

He said that a man, who practised as a doctor in Atteridgeville in Pretoria, had not been arrested and was on the run.

On Tuesday the Sowetan reported that one of the groups, who worked at the BJ Vorster hospital in Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape had passed a board examination required by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

Polela said according to the information that the Hawks had, the man’s qualification was allegedly fake. -Sapa

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