Last week, the HPCSA Inspectorate Office, alongside the Hawks, arrested a locum doctor, Mwambay Amissi Kalekwa, who was not registered with the council, in Durban.
Unregistered professionals are in contravention of section 17(1)(a), section 33, section 34 and section 39 of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974. Practising without registration is a criminal offence.
The council said it continued to implement its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the health professions, by ensuring that it clamped down on those practising without being registered.
HPCSA spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana said the Inspectorate Office found out about bogus practitioners through tip-offs from the community, or through random inspections.