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SA healthcare regulator to investigate Dr Nandipha

By Ntombi Mhlongo

It never rains but pours for South African health professional, Dr Nandipha Magudumana who was recently arrested together with his fugitive boyfriend Thabo Bester in Tanzania.

The latest is that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has announced that it will institute an investigation into the allegations levelled against her. Worth mentioning is that her father, Zolile Sekeleni was on Tuesday charged with murder, fraud, and defeating the ends of justice together with one Senohe Matsoaro.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the HPCSA said it has noted the numerous media reports regarding the allegations and that as a regulator for the healthcare professions, registered under the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974, it will institute its own investigation into the matter.

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Magudumana is the owner of Sandton business Optimum Medical Aesthetics Solution, which has a list of celebrity clientele.

“The HPCSA will work collectively with relevant stakeholders within Government, which includes the South African Police Service, the Department of Health – at both Provincial and National levels, the Department of Home Affairs, and the Department of Correctional Services to ensure that the investigation process is comprehensive,” reads part of the statement issued by the healthcare regulator.

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The celebrity aesthetics professional was arrested alongside Bester in Tanzania on Friday, April 7, 2023, and expectations are that she may be charged for helping him fake his death and escape prison in May 2022 among other alleged crimes.

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“The HPCSA, together with the 12 Professional Boards under its ambit, is established to provide control over the education, training, and registration for practising of health professions registered under the Health Professions Act.”

“To protect the public and guide the professions, the council ensures that practitioners uphold and maintain professional and ethical standards within the health profession and ensure the investigation of complaints concerning practitioners and ensures that disciplinary action is taken against persons who fail to act accordingly,” the statement reads

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