A Cape Town doctor who failed to submit his income tax returns has performed 12 operations to avoid jail, TimesLive has reported.
The Orthopaedic surgeon, Nisar Ahmed Moosa, 71, and his company, failed to submit tax returns between 2009 and 2017.
Charges against Moosa were withdrawn after he completed a diversion programme which required him to perform operations on 12 patients at Rondebosch Medical Centre.
Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila, said the patients were selected from a waiting list of patients at Groote Schur Hospital.
“These were carpal tunnel, ganglion and De Quervain’s tenosynovitis operations,” Ntabazalila said.
The estimated amount of the operations is R300,780 which included theatre costs, nursing services, bed stay, medication, surgeon and anesthetist.
Ntabazalila said Moosa’s company paid all the bills.
The company was fined R15,000 which was wholly suspended for five years on condition that it is not convicted of contravening the Income Tax Act and the Tax Administration Act during the period of suspension.