A doctor from Gqeberha has been charged with fraudulently issuing medical certificates required by drivers applying for professional driving licenses, says Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).
RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said the doctor was suspended by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).
Dr. Bongani Nqini was arrested in May 2019 following an investigation by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit and the HPCSA, Zwane said.
“The investigation was followed by complaints from the public about doctors in Zwide, who issued medical certificates to the public without undergoing the necessary medical examinations. “
An officer from the RTMC’s traffic department went into the doctor’s room as an undercover agent,” where he was without Examination received a sick note with five days of vacation, “said Zwane.
” He came back the next day and received a medical certificate c attesting that he was without the required physical examination for applying for a public driver’s license in the The situation was. “
After the stab operation, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the doctor by the HPCSA.
He was identified in five cases of violation the law on health professions for school dig and fined R 120,000, payable in six monthly installments.
He was also suspended from practicing medicine for three years, and fully suspended for a period of five years , on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar offense during the suspension period.
Zwane said the Disciplinary Committee had the The National Road Traffic Inspectorate officer who testified against the doctor was “a truthful, honest and credible witness who did not change his version during the cross-examination”. The committee also found that based on his certificate, the doctor “directly Responsible for vehicle accidents on our roads is “drivers who are able to obtain professional driving licenses without verifying them.”
Zwane said the RTMC welcomed the verdict against the doctor, believed however, that the verdict could have been harsher to deter others from committing a similar offense.
In August 2015, the local newspaper Herald reported that Nqini was charged with fraud and attempted fraud in the Commercial Crime Court was fined R40,000 or two years in prison. This happened after Nqini was caught doing an undercover police operation in December 2009.
Nqini was suspended in October 2010. That suspension was lifted on December 22nd last year “after following the correct processes,” the newspaper reported.
– The public is urged to investigate fraud and corrupt practices related to the Issuing driving licenses to [email protected]a or WhatsApp 083-298-7989 to report.