Fake doctor arrested

Fake doctor arrestedLimpopo Health officials are investigating the death of two toddlers at Dr CN Phatudi Hospital. (File Photo)

FREE STATE – An intelligence operation between Crime intelligence and the Free State Hawks has led to the arrest of a man accused of performing illegal abortions.

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The 53-year-old Ugandan, who is also accused of using different names to scam people, was arrested at his so-called surgery, based in a house in Qwaqwa.

He was believed to have been posing as a qualified medical doctor and was allegedly carrying out abortions.

Illegal abortion posters

The police searched the premises and found Misoprostol pills sold under the brand name Cytotec. They are believed to have been given to the pregnant women who wanted an abortion. The medication would induce labour which would result in the abortion.

Police found a register listing all the patients along with advertising pamphlets and posters used to promote the abortion business. The posters were the same as those posted on walls at a nearby taxi rank.

Police found a register listing all the patients along with advertising pamphlets and posters used to promote the abortion business.

All four of the cellphones used by the doctor were also seized.

Criminal charges

Free State Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Lebeoana Tsumame urged members of the community to approach primary health facilities for all their health concerns and needs. He said people were risking their health and well-being by going to unregistered doctors.

The suspect is now facing criminal charges relating to the carrying out of illegal abortions.