Video of Bogus ‘Dr’ Matthew Lani Outside Johannesburg Magistrates Court Emerges, SA Pities Him

Video of Bogus ‘Dr’ Matthew Lani Outside Johannesburg Magistrates Court Emerges, SA Pities Him

  • The fake 'Dr' Matthew Lani has been let go after he appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court in a video on X
  • It is believed that the charge of impersonating a medical officer was dropped, although investigations haven't ended
  • South Africans empathised with him and said that he needed psychiatric assistance

With eight years of experience, Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News' current affairs journalist, provided in-depth coverage of police investigations and high-profile court cases in South Africa for Daily Sun.

The fake 'Dr' Matthew Lani was set free after he appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on 31 October
'Dr' Matthew Lani repeatedly refused to comment on charges after appearing at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court. Images: @KgaugeloKgaphol
Source: Twitter

The bogus 'Dr' Matthew Lani appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court and walked out a free man. The charge of impersonating a doctor has been dropped, and while investigations continue, he was sent home. South Africans believe that the young man is troubled and needs help. They also think that the state had no case against him.

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Lani set free

Lani was arrested recently after he allegedly trespassed at the Helen Joseph Hospital, where he was apprehended by security personnel. He was immediately taken into custody by the police, and the following day, he appeared in court.

According to TimesLIVE, his lawyer, Dumisani Mabunda, is confident that Lani will not be arrested again. He stated that the state does not have evidence against him and he praised the work of prosecutors who, in his words, concurred that there was no case against him.

Lani made headlines after he was outed as a fake doctor. The Department of Education said that he had no matric certificate and the Gauteng Department of Health laid a charge of impersonating a doctor against him.

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A video of him refusing to comment on the allegations and walking out of court in crutches was posted on X (formerly Twitter) by @KgaugeloKgaphol. View the tweet here.

Mzansi thinks there is no case

Netizens commenting on Facebook remarked that the young man needed professional help.

Bonzo Makgalemele said:

“This young man needs to be mentally assessed and get proper help.”

Tshepo T Mokhonoana added:

“He doesn’t need all of this, but he just needs professional help.”

Others believed that there was no case.

Adel Phetoane said:

“Honestly, there was no case since he hasn’t taken money from anyone claiming to be examined by him.”

Leeroy Sibanda added:

“There was no case. He didn’t steal anyone’s identity. His obsession with medical practice is a different story altogether.”

'Dr' Matthew Lani makes it to US TikTok

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the fake 'Dr' Matthew Lani made it to the United States TikTok after his case went viral.

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An American TikTokker picked up on his videos after Wits University denied enrolling him as a student. Netizens thought something was seriously wrong with Lani and were embarrassed by him.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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