Four Dis-Chem employees have been arrested for allegedly selling fraudulent vaccine certificates at the Krugersdorp President Square vaccination site.
The pharmacy group states that the two men and two women, aged between 19 and 36, were part of temporary staff hired to assist in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccinations.
However, after rigorous checks to prevent such incidents, a discrepancy was found. A member of the public was allegedly charged R100 for a vaccination card, IOL reports.
According to the Krugersdorp News, the person complained that after he had received his second vaccination he asked for a new vaccination card because he had lost his, but was charged R100 for a new one.
Dis-Chem CEO Ivan Saltzman said: “We did not hesitate to act as soon as this was brought to our attention as it is most upsetting to see that a small number of individuals felt they could take advantage of the vaccine roll-out drive.
“We do not tolerate any fraudulent or dishonest activity and more specifically, we abhor and condemn any action that serves to undermine or dilute government’s national vaccine rollout campaign,” said Saltzman.
The company acted quickly by reporting the matter to the police, who arrested and criminally charged the suspects on allegations of fraud.
The suspects appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday.