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McBride's doctor charged with fraud

By unknown | Dec 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

The doctor who allegedly gave a false report regarding Ekurhuleni Metro police chief Robert McBride's sobriety handed himself over to police yesterday.

He was duly charged with fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Joseph Moratioa, 44, of Montana Park in Pretoria, appeared in the Pretoria magistrate's court.

Magistrate Bheki Ntshingila granted Moratioa bail of R1000 and postponed the case to February 7.

According to the charge sheet, Moratioa pretended to the police that he had examined MacBride as a patient on December 21 last year. He even issued a medical certificate to this effect.

But the state claims Moratioa never examined McBride.

In applying for bail, Moratioa's lawyer, advocate Petronel du Plessis, said there was no reason for the court to deny Moratioa bail because he had no previous cases or convictions.

State advocate Jimmy Showse did not oppose the bail application as Moratioa had cooperated with the police and the state.

McBride was in court and later left with Moratioa. He declined to explain his presence in court.

The South African Medical Association (Sama) said Moratioa could face a disciplinary hearing if the association was informed about the case.

Sama spokesman Kgosi Letlape said he expected the police to inform them about the case.

"He will not necessarily lose his licence. But if the case is reported to the Health Professional Practitioners, a process could be followed.

"If he was arrested and charged we expect the police to inform the committee," said Letlape.


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