A 42-year-old bogus medical doctor based in Polokwane, Limpopo will appear in court on Thursday, 8 June following his arrest by the Hawks on Wednesday. He was arrested for alleged fraud.
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The Hawks team received information from the Health Professions Council of South Africa about someone who was allegedly practicing as a Medical Doctor without a license in Polokwane, Capricorn District.
The team tactically visited the surgery and found the suspect treating patients as if allowed by the law. After failing to produce the license to practice as a medical doctor, the suspect was placed under arrest. The Zimbabwean national, Taurai Chihoho was found practicing as a dentist at a medical facility owned by Dr RD Matlhatse. Dr Matlhatse is a registered medical practitioner. Chihoho has been practising since September 2022 at the facility.
In a statement, the Council says Chihoho was arrested by the Hawks this week.
“A joint operation conducted by the HPCSA and the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation resulted in the arrest of a bogus practitioner for practicing illegally whilst not registered with Council,” they say.
“This latest breakthrough is a result of continuous efforts to eradicate bogus and unregistered practitioners in the country.”
“Chihoho was arrested for Contravening Section 17(1) of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974 and he was detained by the Polokwane SAPS and is due to appear at the Polokwane Magistrate Court on soon,” sathe HPCSA.
BOGUS MEDICAL DOCTOR NABBED BY HAWKS
He is set to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.