Doctor's sick note had 'genitalia drawings'
A DOCTOR arrested for the alleged rape of a 22-year-old patient inside a hospital consulting room gave the victim a sick note with drawings of genitalia on the back.
The alleged incident occurred at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in GaRankuwa, near Pretoria, on Wednesday afternoon.
The victim had gone to the hospital for treatment of a rash that had developed on her buttocks when the 48-year-old Congolese national allegedly insisted on checking her breasts and vagina for infection.
Warrant Officer Matthew Nkoadi confirmed the arrest and said the doctor was expected to appear in court today on a charge of rape.
The Gauteng department of health confirmed the incident and said the doctor, who has been at the hospital for three years, was "suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of investigations against him".
The department's Simon Zwane said "details are still sketchy but there are serious allegations of sexual assault against the doctor".
Zwane said that the "victim will also be assisted to report the matter to the Health Professions Council of South Africa so that the council can also initiate it own investigation".
He said the allegations were "taken very seriously and an internal disciplinary action will be initiated and is expected to run concurrently with the police's criminal process and the HPCSA's processes".
The HPCSA's Bertha Peters-Scheepers said cases of "sexual misconduct against practitioners have increased over the last five years and so far this year 11 complaints have been reported".
The victim told Sowetan that she refused to undress "but he insisted and said he wanted to check my vagina for infection. I undressed and lay on my stomach. After looking at the rash he ordered me to turn around and lie on my back.
"That is when he touched my private parts and breast. He said it was okay and left the room," she said.
She said the doctor returned with a condom, locked the door, continued to touch her breast and that is when he allegedly forced himself on her.
"I lay there shocked and confused. He told me he had enjoyed himself," said the victim. She then requested a sick note.
"At the back of the note were sketches of a vagina and a penis drawn in a black ballpoint pen. I asked him if he expected me to give that to my employer. Instead he said if I wanted to see him, I could come to his consulting room," she said
Outside the consulting room, she came across three young women who were also complaining about the same doctor, saying that he liked to fondle women and "one day he is going to rape a patient. It then came to my mind that I was raped and started crying", the alleged victim said.
After telling them what happened they accompanied her to a nursing sister to report the matter.