‘Kind and loving’ con-doctor has been at it for years, while HPCSA dismissed a 2012 complaint.
Rogue doctor and conman Johann Anton van Rooyen (nose231) has been up to his tricks for many years, it emerges, judging from responses to the story about how he exploited 82-year-old Cape Town woman Marguerite Harness-Wood.
But Van Rooyen, who was struck off the roll by the HPCSA in 2017 for unprofessional conduct after using his doctor/patient relationship in another case to enrich himself, is clearly an old hand at the game.
Retired Sunday Times investigative journalist Jon Abbott was already on to Van Rooyen in 2011. Abbott, who writes a regular blog titled Dearjon Letter, tells Noseweek he encountered the conman-doctor that year when he was commissioned to investigate his relationship with a former patient.