The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), has confirmed that the sick note that Jacob Zuma used to excuse himself from court this week failed to meet the ethical standards laid down by the Health Professions Act.
The HPCSA regulates and upholds the standards of doctors and health workers.
Briefly.co.za learned that Zuma was due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday but failed to do so, in his absence his legal team produced a doctor's note issued by Dr Zakes Kagiso Motene.
Dr Motene is attached to the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. The Department of Defence has not allowed itself to be drawn into the situation.
Judge Dhaya Pillay did not believe the authenticity of the note due to changes made to the date on the note and the absence of key information.
She issued a warrant for Zuma's arrest before adjourning for the day according to iol.co.za.
Priscilla Sekhonyana, HPCSA’s spokesperson, noted that the sick note issued failed to meet Ethical Rule 16 of the Act.
Sekhonyana highlighted that: “The practitioner’s (Motene) qualifications and registration number was not recorded.”
Zuma has been treated for two surgeries on the 7tha and 9th of January and travelled to Cuba on the 27th of January for a further procedure, the details are not fully known.
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