'Sick note' doctors face music
Council tackles fraud accusations after Dispatch investigation. TWO doctors who made headlines in a Daily Dispatch investigation three years ago appeared yesterday in a inquiry hearing. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) committee in East London yesterday was hearing evidence into the professional conduct of Dr Moses Kaabaale and Dr Siphokazi Sokupa.
An undercover Dispatch reporter was issued with sick notes at all four practices, although she had clearly stated she was not ill and just wanted time off work. At three of the practices the reporter did not even get to see the doctor, and was issued a doctor’s certificate by a nurse or receptionist following payment of a fee.
Yesterday Sokupa and Kaabaale were both represented by Khaya Mquqo of Mquqo Attorneys, and both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Sokupa’s matter stemmed from December 2009 when she “issued a sick certificate to Mr Jacob Ledwaba, alias Mr Swele Frans Molokomme”, read the charge sheet.
Prior to the Dispatch investigation, private investigator Christian Botha had been hired by Defy to investigate Sokupa, Kaabaale and Mqongwana. Molokomme works for Botha and was using the pseudonym Ledwaba for the investigation.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily Dispatch