Cape Town – A list of ten illegally practising and unregistered medical practitioners issuing bogus medical certificates for people to get people off work has been released by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in the Western Cape.
They aimed to create awareness among employers, employee and the public. The spokesperson of the HPCSA Priscilla Sekhonyana says the HPCSA has 28 fake medical certificates in its possession reported to the Cape Town office.
The selling of fake medical certificate has become big business in Cape Town. Three different people who were selling fake medical certificate were tracked down, but only one would speak about the practice and only on condition of anonymity.
Luyolo (not his real name), who operates from an informal settlement in Khayelitsha says selling medical certificates is ‘big business’ and he has been doing it for many years.
“I sell medical certificates for R150 and I have a client base. I don’t just sell to anyone. I know my people and if ever I get a new customer, they have to tell me who from my clients they got my contact number and my client has to verify this,” Luvuyo says.
He says he copied real medical certificate with real doctors’ names and addresses, but with his own cell-phone number in case the employer of the buyer of the certificate phones to check.