A 44-year-old doctor working at Rethabile Clinic, Polokwane will soon face the music of the law after he was arrested for drug theft.
Hawks spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke confirmed that the doctor was arrested at his workplace on Monday.
The doctor had allegedly been buying prescription drugs for over two years. It was also found that he acquired morphine using another doctor’s stamp, a letterhead from the health department and a forged signature.
Also found in his home are: 35 bottles of anti-retroviral medication, doctors’ stamps and other items stolen from the health department.
Rethabile Clinic Doctor To Be Arraigned
He would appear in the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, Limpopo on Wednesday on charges of fraud, forgery and theft.
Last month, the Hawks’ Anti-Corruption Unit busted a Limpopo nurse, Mokgadi Monica Ramusi, for vending antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs for R7500.
The health officer was arrested in Makgato Clinic in Botlokwa outside Polokwane after an officer working undercover approached her. And she reportedly tried to sell him 24 sealed bottles containing the drugs.
Prior to her arrest, police precursory investigations found that the 44-year-old assistant nurse was selling each bottle of ARVs drug for R300 to Polokwane residents.
Ramusi appeared at the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was later released on R1000 bail. She was ordered to return to the Magistrate court on August 18 pending further investigation.
Drug diversion is a serious public health risk and it is the duty of the state authority minimize its risk.
Drugs and substances theft is also illegal. It is also illegal for a person to possess, consume, or supply to another person any prescription Drug.
The Limpopo health department, in 2015, disputed a report that found equipment shortages and theft taking place at provincial hospitals and clinics.