Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that two fake Ugandan doctors in South Africa were denied bail by the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court following their arrest by the Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Klerksdorp for contravening the Health Professions Act 54 of 1976.
The fake Ugandan doctors, James Lwanyaga (48) and his friend Paul Linton Ssengoba (47) will respectively, be in the dock again on 7th February 2017 in the Marikana Magistrate Court and the Bafokeng Magistrate.
From our gatherings, Lwanyaga and Ssengoba were nabbed after Hawks, Local Criminal Records Centre and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) conducted an operation following the information that there were people who were illegally practicing as Medial Doctors.
SAPS related that “on three occasion, Lwanyaga and Ssengoba sold medical certificates to undercover cops for R150, R200 and R300 without any form of examination. “
Also, Ssengoba – a tavern owner – allegedly sold medical certificates from his liquor premises.
“When the Hawks searched Lwanyaga’s house, nine (9) medical certificates with different doctors’ names were found and he claimed that Ssengoba was the one supplying him with certificates.
Members of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) verified that all nine doctors whose names were written on the medical certificates were registered with Health Profession but James Lwanyaga and Paul Linton Ssengoba are not registered doctors,” SAPS narrated.
Last week, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that Musina’s Home Affairs Office at Beitbridge port of entry had been exposed as a bogus office which was established and operated by a Zimbabwean national.
Undoubtedly, heinous crimes like such related above feed the believe that the influx of undocumented migrants into South Africa is a leading cause of the rise in crime.
However, the country’s Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba expressed yesterday that the vast majority of migrants in South Africa do comply with the country’s law.
According to the Minister, foreign nationals play an important role in bringing new knowledge, skills, networks and dynamism. As such, they are expected to complement South African workers, he said.