COVID-19 in SA | City of Joburg healthcare worker arrested

COVID-19 in SA | City of Joburg healthcare worker arrested

a city of johannesburg healthcare worker has been arrested for allegedly selling fake coveted 19 certificates the 28 year old is stationed at the parker’s clinic he’s due to appear in court tomorrow on charges of fraud for more on this we’re joined by lucky sindhani a spokesperson for the city thank you very much for your time here on enca mr sundance tell us the circumstances surrounding this arrest how was this person found good morning masergo thank you for having me we received information earlier in the week firstly from sapc and secondly from an anonymous caller on our anti-fraud and corruption hotline which related us to a health worker at parker’s clinic who is allegedly selling these coveted 19 negative certificates we then conducted our our investigations and organized testing operation uh but before then we bought a certificate through our undercover agent and we involved jmpd last night where the suspect was arrested it is also alleged that the suspect is also selling abortion pills upon his arrest last night we also confiscated abortion pills from his uh his apartment um what is the city doing about cases such as this what are your what what are the processes that you have in place when you hire somebody what do we what we do as a city of johannesburg and there is a process of vetting process that we we do it is done by our department group forensic and investigation services when someone is recommended to a certain position the hr department will then send send us the information to that a person we we’ve heard people the department was established in 2016. this is a service which was um which we recently started doing it wasn’t done uh before but you know what we want to say um we want to to say that we don’t this such people don’t belong to our system we’re trying so hard as a city and as a country uh to mitigate the impact you know and rising number of covet 19 cases and you have such people who are sabotaging your your efforts by setting these certificates imagine if a person tests positive and they want to travel to another country and they get in contact with this person who sells a certificate which which says you are a covet 19 and a negative how many people are you going to infect and those that are going to succumb as a result of this virus so we want to send out a strong message we hope that he will spend a long time in prison and she will say that such people should be charged with treason because this crime or that they’ve committed is serious is he fired uh not yet he’s currently why not uh in prison in jail no he was only arrested last night there are processes that we need to follow is still going to appear in court tomorrow at the poisons magistrates court where he’ll be formally charged with fraud and corruption and we’re also going to take our is going to be taken through our internal processes as well disciplinary processes hence i said earlier on to you that we don’t we don’t need such people in our system is there a possibility that he was working with other people i mean how did he get access for instance and to be able to actually get out of the building with these abortion polls that you say he has allegedly also been selling our preliminary investigations have revealed that this guy is not working alone it is clear that he’s working with people from the lab because when you want a certificate you will send him your id number and then from then you will get an sms which confirms that you you have tested negative for covet and this is without you being physically tested or your blood samples being submitted the lab from then you get a certificate which has a letterhead of the laboratory so it is clear to us that there are people that he is working with but the investigations are ongoing and we are confident that in the next coming days those that are working with him will also be brought to book mr zindani obviously this person and whoever else might be found to have been working with him are a problem on their own but also will there be any investigations probably with metro police or sapps in terms of the people who actually did become his customers yes we are working with the south african police service in this matter and as i said investigations are ongoing what we are going to do as well we are going to go back to the system to check how many certificates has this guy issued and how long has he been operating for you might find that has been operating for for quite some time so our investigation will will reveal such details and we’ll also check if those that have been issued by by the suspect are they legit or not if they are not legit and those that bought the certificates from him illegally will also be practical
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COVID-19 in SA | City of Joburg healthcare worker arrested

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