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Dr Mokhua goes to Court for allegedly defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund

by lloyd last modified 2013-07-15 14:48

15 July 2013

Dr Patrick B. Mokhua (39) of Hartswater in the Northern Cape Province is to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 16 July 2013 for defrauding the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) of R479, 716.49.

Mokhua, a general practitioner faces 17 charges of fraud. He has not pleaded guilty and is out on a bail of R3000.

Meanwhile, Dr Mokhua was on June 4 sentenced by the Professional Conduct Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in Pretoria. Mokhua was suspended for five years from running a private practice, but spared to work only in public hospitals.

He was also fined R100 000, which had to be paid within six months.

Dr Mokhua (the respondent) was charged by the HPCSA, after he allegedly received “illegal” payments from the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund of R479 716.49 for professional services rendered whilst ‘he knew and/or ought to have known that no professional services were rendered’.

Earlier the HPCSA had stated that the respondent had made an admission in writing.

The HPCSA said: “Payment to the respondent was made without any legal basis in that no professional services were rendered. It will be against the public policy to allow a practitioner to receive money and keep it when he knew that he is not entitled to it”.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesman

083 809 3195

 

Or for more information contact:

 

Twana Makubela

Compensation Fund Risk Manager

072 612 4581

 


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