Joburg Man Arrested For Presenting Fraudulent Sick Note To Employer
According to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a man was arrested after submitting a forged medical certificate to his employer.
“The HPCSA Inspectorate Office conducted a joint operation with the Ekurhuleni East crime intelligence unit and the Germiston Flying Squad where the man was arrested for submitting a fraudulent medical certificate to his employer,” said HPCSA spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane.
“During the operation, the man was found having purchased a fraudulent medical certificate under the name of Dr IK Mukhere. During investigation, the man indicated his willingness to accompany the operation team to Tembisa to point out the individual from whom he purchased the medical certificate,” he said.
Tsatsawane, on the other hand, stated that the man refused to cooperate further upon arrival in Tembisa.
“He was arrested and taken into custody at the Primrose South African Police Service (SAPS) whereby he was charged with fraud. The matter is still under investigation as to the individual who issued the fraudulent documents to the suspect, who conducted himself fraudulently and contravening the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974.
“The HPCSA believes that working in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, other regulatory bodies, the media and the general public, is a collective responsibility to ensure that illegal practitioners are exposed, and most importantly, reported, so that they may be prosecuted,” said Tsatsawane.
The Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body mandated by the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974 to regulate the country’s health professions in areas such as education, training, and registration, professional conduct and ethical behavior, ensuring Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.
Registration in terms of the Health Professions Act is a prerequisite for practicing any of the health professions registrable with the HPCSA in order to protect the public and guide the health professions in South Africa.
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