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Healthcare worker nabbed for selling fake Covid-19 test certificates granted bail

The 28-year-old City of Johannesburg (CoJ) healthcare worker who was arrested at the weekend for allegedly selling fake Covid-19 tests was granted R3000 bail after he appeared at the Booysens Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) in Gauteng Phindi Mjonondwane said the suspect, Skhumbuzo Manana faces charges of the Medicines and Related Activities Act, fraud, uttering and possession of stolen goods.

“His arrest stems from a complaint laid with Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) of the [CoJ] that Manana allegedly sold and issued Covid-19 negative certificates for an amount of R500,” Mjonondwane said.

Manana was arrested on 21 August 2021outside his place of residence in Turffontein during a sting operation conducted by the GFIS and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, Mjonondwane added.

“The case was postponed to 17 September 2021 for further investigations.”

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