A 42-YEAR-OLD suspected bogus doctor appeared in the Carolina magistrate's court yesterday, Mpumalanga police said.
Superintendent Abie Khoabane said Willem Hendrik Fourie faced charges on fraud and medicine-related crimes.
"We appeal to members of the public who had been treated by him to come forward," he said.
"We want to know how many patients he saw and if there were any casualties in his practice."
Khoabane said a suspicious member of the public alerted the police, who arrested Fourie on Wednesday.
"He allegedly presented himself as a doctor and practised as a doctor from June 2009 to October 28.
"He was examining patients medically, prescribing medication and also dispensing medicine."
The police could find no records of his ever qualifying as a doctor and the SA Medical Board had no knowledge of his existence.
Fourie was working in a practice with other doctors who were all legal.
"But how was he employed?
"That is part of our investigation," Khoabane said.
He said the police had found records of Fourie working as a paramedic until December last year. His case was postponed to November 4. - Sapa