Doctor suspended for unpaid fees

'FASTING AND PRAYER': General practitioner Dr Gabaza Ngubeni in her surgery in Diepkloof, Soweto. PHOTO: MABUTI KALI
'FASTING AND PRAYER': General practitioner Dr Gabaza Ngubeni in her surgery in Diepkloof, Soweto. PHOTO: MABUTI KALI

A POPULAR Soweto medical doctor is currently operating without a medical licence and is accused by her staff of abusing them.

Dr Gabaza Dolphina Ngobeni, who runs the Dr Gabaza Healing Centre in Diepkloof, has been suspended by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) after failing to pay her annual fee.

Ngobeni has made guest appearances on Soweto TV, JoziFM and Shift on SABC1.

HPCSA acting registrar and CEO Dr Kgosi Letlape confirmed that Ngobeni is currently operating illegally.

"This practitioner is registered with the HPCSA as a medical practitioner in the category independent practice.

"She is currently suspended for failure to pay annual fees and is, as per the Health Professions Act, not allowed to practise her profession."

Asked about her licence Ngobeni said: "I still need to go to Pretoria and fix that up."

Later she claimed that she needed clarification from the HPCSA on why she was suspended.

Ngobeni has a general medical practice and a diabetes healing centre where she teaches people how to deal with the disease.

Ngobeni is also accused of abusing her staff. She allegedly does not pay them and sends threatening text messages and letters. She has 12 staff members and allegedly owes them more than R12,000.

"Dr Gabaza is using us, we are not happy with the treatment we get from her," one employee said.

Questioned about the employees' complaints Ngobeni confessed that she was not familiar with human resources management issues. She said she still needed to employ a human resources person to deal with such issues.

She, however, also blamed the delay in salary payment on the employees, accusing them of submitting wrong claims to medical aids.

In a letter to her employees shown to Sowetan Ngobeni wrote: "If u go without sorting out the claims then u must know I will not pay u. This is where money for the business comes from and if u refuse to check the source of the money where am I going to get the money to pay you."

Another letter written in February when staff were not paid read: "Our next payments if we work well will be 1 March 2012 . Then by 13 March 2012 we wil (sic) be able to settle Jan and February salaries combined. After 13 March everyone should be back on their original dates but I also recommend fasting and prayer. Moses fasted during the 40 days and 40 nights he was on Mount Sinai receiving the law from God (Exodus 34.28) . Sekunjalo."

- This article was first published in the Sowetan newspaper March 26 2012