While former president Jacob Zuma may indeed be unwell, the Pietermaritzburg High Court's Judge Dhaya Pillay believes there was insufficient evidence in court to prove this, adding that the dates on the submitted medical certificate appeared to be altered.
Zuma's lawyer presented the judge with a sick note from what he said was a military hospital but the judge questioned whether the note was valid or even written by a doctor.
Joanne Joseph spoke to critical care professor at Wits University, Professor Guy Richards, to find out the kind of details that should and should not be included in a sick note, as well as what makes it valid.
It is a legal document so it has to be filled out correctly.— Professor Guy Richards, Critical care professor at Wits University
It is illegal to write on a medical report what is wrong with someone unless they give permission for that to be done.— Professor Guy Richards, Critical care professor at Wits University
In order for it to be valid it must be signed by a doctor and their practice number should be placed on it as well and if it is subsequently found to be false, then the doctor is potentially liable to be struck off.— Professor Guy Richards, Critical care professor at Wits University
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