- Social media posts have been circulating online claiming that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not a medical doctor
- The minister managed to anger many South Africans with her decision to ban tobacco sales and it led to a lot of scrutiny
- Briefly.co.za took a look at the facts and found the social media posts incorrect
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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not all South Africans' favourite minister and that's largely because of the ban on tobacco sales during the lockdown in the country.
The Co-operative Governance Minister backtracked on the government's initial decision to allow the sale of ciggies and other tobacco products under lockdown Level 4 and she managed to extend it to Level 3.
Because of this, a lot of rumours surrounding the former wife of Jacob Zuma have been circulating online.
From her alleged friendship with the infamous cigarette smuggler Adriano Mazzotti to claims that she's not even a qualified doctor, unfounded claims have been spreading like wildfire online.
Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the claims and determine whether they are true or false.
Several social media posts have surfaced online claiming Dlamini-Zuma, who was South Africa's minister of health from 1994 to 1999, is not even a medical doctor.
The social media users claimed her licence has been "erased" and she was removed from the medical roll.
One social media user wrote online:
"She has falsified her title.”
"This gets me thinking. We have medical doctors not registered or details can’t be found in posts of power as Health MEC with no registration.”
All the social media posts have since been deleted but Africa Check reported they shared a screenshot of Dlamini-Zuma’s page on the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) registry, on which her “registration status” is listed as “erased”.
Africa Check explains that there is a difference between qualifying as a medical doctor and being registered to practise medicine in the country.
Someone who completed a degree in medicine should register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and pay an annual fee should they wish to practise in South Africa.
Erasure from the register does not necessarily mean failure to pay the membership fee or not having the requirements to be registered. A person can voluntarily be erased if they do not intend to practise.
This means that Dlamini-Zuma is a medical doctor but she is not registered to practise in South Africa.
With her busy schedule as a minster it makes sense that she doesn't run her own practise.
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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that speaking during a virtual meeting to mark the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day, Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Paahla confirmed that the state is finalising a law that will ban all public smoking.
This bill is already being passed through the final stages of implementing the legislation, according to Paahla.
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