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120+ Counterfeit Health Practitioners Arrested – Phaahla

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Over one hundred and twenty bogus health practitioners have been arrested and have been taken into custody.

124 individuals who were posing as health practitioners have been arrested in South Africa as a result of a crackdown conducted by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), according to Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla.Vuyo ZUngula,

Phaahla emphasized that these imposters were operating outside the legal framework by either working in the private sector and accepting cash payments or occupying practices already established by registered health practitioners.

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He highlighted that conducting business in the medical industry without the necessary approvals from the HPCSA is against the law.

medical health practitioners working.

Sham health practitioners on the loose

To tackle this issue, the council has established an Inspectorate Office dedicated to identifying and apprehending bogus medicinal professionals.

Phaahla acknowledged that the raids conducted in the locations where these fraudulent medics were practicing have proven to be effective in apprehending some of them.

Practicing any health profession without being registered with the HPCSA is considered a criminal offense under the Health Professions Act (Act 56 of 1974).

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Phaahla responded to a written parliamentary question by Vuyo Zungula of the ATM, revealing that a total of 124 individuals had been arrested for engaging in medicine without proper registration.

Phaahla further explained that unregistered individuals evade detection by exclusively accepting cash payments or by working under the guise of registered medics within the private sector. Such actions allow them to exploit the system and avoid scrutiny.

SA is plagued by bogus health practitioners.

What is a bogus medic?

A fake doctor refers to an individual who falsely presents themselves as a qualified and licensed health practitioner when, in fact, they do not possess the necessary qualifications or credentials. These individuals may engage in medicinal practices, offer treatments, and provide medicinal advice without the proper training, knowledge, or legal authorization.

‘Counterfeit medics’ often exploit the trust and vulnerability of patients, posing a significant risk to their health and well-being. They may operate in illegal clinics or private practices, sometimes using deceptive tactics to convince patients of their legitimacy.

It is important to note that fake medicinal professionals are different from those who may have obtained legitimate medical qualifications but engage in unethical or fraudulent practices. The term “bogus doctor” typically refers to individuals who lack the required paperword altogether. The sham medic can be considered a criminal expert, similar to an abortionist, a skilled pickpocket, or a blackmailer. They thrive on the gullibility of unsuspecting individuals who place their trust in them.

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How do I verify a doctor in South Africa?

Yes, you can verify a doctor by using the HPCSA’s Iregister, you can check a person’s registration by using their surname, full name, registration number, etc.

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Where to check it

  1. To access the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s website, go to
  2. Locate the access to the i-register box and click on it using your mouse.
  3. This will direct you to a query dialogue that directly connects to the registered professionals’ database.

What information to enter

  • To input your desired information, select the corresponding fields and a text entry box will appear for you to enter the data.
  • If you are uncertain about the correct spelling of a surname, choose the “Wildcard” option next to the entry box. If you are confident in the spelling, leave it on “exact.”
  • For the full name, it is advisable to use the “wildcard” option as individuals often use variations of their names in everyday life. The register is presented as a dropdown list, allowing you to select only one register at a time.
  • If you cannot locate the person on the psychologists register, proceed to check the psychometrists register, and if necessary, the registered counselors register.
  • If you have the registration number, it is the fastest method to verify the individual’s details.
  • As you enter the fields, the search will refine, and the list of individuals who meet your criteria will appear in the window at the bottom.

When you identify a person in the bottom window who could be the one who assessed you, click on “view” in the last column.

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