Doctor on the run after being convicted of R480 000 fraud

APRIL 30, 2015

Police are now searching for a Northern Cape doctor, who was convicted defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund (CF) of R479 716.49, but failed to appear for his sentencing at Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court. Dr Patrick Mokhua (40), was awaiting sentencing on a R3000 bail.

He was facing 17 charges of fraud.

It is not the first time Mokhua has not appeared in Court when he is expected, or chose to come late.

State Prosecutor A. Mkutshwa had in the past warned the defence not to resort to delaying tactics on the matter.

It also emerged in Court on Wednesday that the legal team representing Dr Mokhua had also withdrawn its services due to his non-payment of fees.

Dr Mokhua was last June found guilty by the Professional Conduct Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in Pretoria (Tshwane) for gross misconduct after admitting receiving 'illegal' payments from the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund.

Mokhua was suspended for five years from running a private practice, but spared to work only in public hospitals.

He was fined R100 000, which had to be paid within six months.

The Council said the respondent had made an admission in writing.

The matter has been postponed until May 13.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cushion for workers injured during work or for contracting diseases at work.