Rustenburg - Two alleged bogus medical doctors were granted R10 000 bail each in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Parbold Jogi, 44, Aboubacar Mabungu, 36, and Jimmy Omange, 39, were arrested on September 18, after a tip off that they were practicing as doctors without the relevant documentation. They are facing charges of fraud and contravening the Health Professions Council Act.
Investigations revealed that the premises was owned by Jogi, while Mabungu and Omange who were not registered doctors, rented separate rooms charging R330 per consultation.
Expired medication was seized which was allegedly given to patients, more than 5000 files were found.
Jogi was released on R50 000 bail when they appeared in court on September 19.
In their bail application Mabungu and Omange indicated that they could pay R1000 bail each but, the State felt it was far too low compared to the R50 000 Jogi had paid. This led to magistrate Seyanokeng Mothobi increasing the amount to R10 000.
"The State initially did not oppose the bail amount. There is also no other evidence presented by the State in this case. The investigating officer was not present in court. And the documents submitted by the accused clearly show that they are in the country legally," Mothobi said.
They were ordered not to leave South Africa until the case was finalised. They were also ordered to report at the Rustenburg police station and to hand over their passports.
The case was postponed to October 30 for investigations.