An unregistered Optician from Port St Johns was arrested this week for not being registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
The Council's office in the Eastern Cape conducted an inspection on Tuesday to continue their mandate of protecting the public.
Mr Junaid Haffejee was detained at the local police station on Tuesday and appeared in court on Wednesday.
Haffejee, who ran his business in Westgate Street, was found to be in contravention of three sections of the Health Professions Act.
Section 17 (1) registration is a prerequisite for practising No person shall be entitled to practise within the Republic; • Section 33 defines the scope of practice for professions registrable in terms of this Act and registration of certain person;
Section 34 provides that registration is a prerequisite for practising a profession in respect of which a professional board has been established;
Section 39 prohibits unregistered persons to perform certain acts deemed to pertain to health professionals registrable in terms of this Act.
The HPCSA is mandated is to protect the public and guide the professions through enforcement and compliance from the practitioners in line with the provisions of the Health Professions Act.
Illegal practitioners are not only breaking the law but they are putting the lives of the public at risk.