Hawks launch manhunt for bogus doctors

WESTERN CAPE - The Hawks are seeking assistance from the public to locate three bogus doctors, who are between ages of 37 and 53 who are facing charges of fraud, contravention of the Medicines and Related Substances Act as well as contravention of the Health Professions Act.

This comes after their arrest in 2018 during an operation by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team based in Bellville.

The operation was as a result of information that was received of three men suspected to be practicing without licences and operating as medical doctors in the areas between Bellville and Khayelitsha.

Further investigation revealed that they were indeed not registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) but they were also dispensing medication and medical certificates to patients using genuine doctors’ details and practice numbers.

Consequently, two suspects were found doing business in their surgery and were arrested by the team. The two accused, Bunnel Kitete Tunda and Jeremy Liyongo Bompemo have since been on the run subsequent to their last court appearance where they were released on R5000 bail each. Their warrants of arrest have been issued.

The third suspect who also practiced illegally in Khayelitsha during 2018 is also sought however after the undercover operations he could not be traced. The pictures are attached and police believe that the man in the third picture can assist in shedding light on the matter.

Anyone with information than can lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the investigating officer, Colonel Morne Pierre Vos on 082 481 3164.

Source: South African Police Service