Two Unregistered DRC Medics Arrested In N Cape

A Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) inspection in Delportshoop, Northern Cape, has resulted in the arrest of two unregistered medical practitioners from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

DRC national Jonathan Ilunga Kilumba was the first medical practitioner arrested this week for working unlawfully.

The HPCSA said its inspectorate office was unceasingly eradicating bogus practitioners through the operations that are being carried out across the country.

Recounting the events that led to Kilumba’s arrest, the HPCSA said on Tuesday officials from its inspectorate office and police officers from Delportshoop visited the practice of Dr. MJ Amsani in Delportshoop, Northern Cape.

During the operation, Kilumba was found practising as a medical practitioner without being registered with the HPCSA, as required by law.

“Mr Kilumba indicated that he has been working at Dr. Amsani’s practice since 5 October 2020,” said the HPCSA.

“He was arrested for contravention of section 17(1) of the Health Professions Act 56 of 197”.

Kilumba is being held at the Delportshoop Police Station.

An inspection at another practice owned by the same Dr. Amsani, Josue Katshelewa Luhanga – also a DRC National – was found unlawfully working as a medical practitioner.

Luhanga has been working at the practice since May 2021.

He was also arrested for contravention of section 17(1) of the Health Professions Act 56 of 197 and detained at Danielskuil Police Station.

“Dr. Amsani is actively registered with the HPCSA and will be reported to the Medical and Dental Professions Board,” said HPCSA

“Registered healthcare practitioners are cautioned from employing unregistered healthcare practitioners or locums at their practices.

“They should verify the healthcare practitioner’s qualifications and registration with Council by simply using the iRegister on the HPCSA website.”