Criminals posing as healthcare workers

Netcare has urged the public not to allow people claiming to be representatives of their business, into their homes.

In a statement issued to the media on Monday, they said: “Netcare has been made aware that criminals are going to homes in various areas, claiming to be from Netcare or Netcare 911, and saying that they are assisting the Department of Health with door-to-door screening for Covid-19 (coronavirus).

“Please note that staff members from the Netcare Group, including from Netcare hospitals, Netcare 911 or Medicross medical and dental centres, are not doing door-to-door Covid-19 screening. Should someone claiming to be a representative from Netcare, Netcare 911 or Medicross arrive at your home or business premises claiming to do screening for the novel coronavirus, do not allow them onto your property or inside your business premises for your own safety but please alert the SAPS immediately.”

At the same time, the City of Cape Town has received reports of criminals approaching residents at their homes pretending to offer medical service and claiming to be doing home testing for COVID-19.

The City says that no members of staff are assigned to perform door-to-door testing.

Residents are advised to check the official identification card before allowing anyone onto their property.

Any suspicious behaviour must be reported to the City’s law enforcement agencies on 021 480 7700 or the South African Police Service (10111).