A fake doctor was arrested by the Hawks on Monday while he was pretending to be a qualified doctor, and will spend the next week behind bars.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) mentioned in a statement on Tuesday, that the fake doctor named Lawrence Tebogo Matheatau‚ made an appearance at the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after his arrest‚
The young man went into a partnership with a doctor in Jourberton Township‚ just outside of Klerksdorp in North West province and managed to convince the doctor that he was a colleague. The doctor did not suspect any foul play till the fake doctor started asking questions about the profession that he is supposed to know the answers to as a qualified doctor.
He started “practicing” on December 9 last year. But‚ according to the Hawks‚ “the surgery owner became suspicious when Matheatau started asking questions for which a qualified doctor should provide answers to even in his sleep”.
“The Hawks were then contacted and an investigation was launched. With the Health Council confirming that Matheatau was not registered with them as a practicing medical practitioner‚ and his practice number deemed to be fake‚ the Hawks paid him a visit and found that it was business as usual.”
Matheatau is expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court again by next week Wednesday. The young man has to receive a befitting punishment for this great crime against humanity. This is a very dangerous and fatal act that can lead to loss of innocent lives just because someone wants to be a doctor at all cost.