Matthew Lani

METRO FM promoting the interview with bogus doctor Matthew Lani. Photo: METRO FM/ Facebook

Matthew Lani: Metro FM denies issuing warning to presenter

Metro FM has addressed rumours following its presenter Faith Mangope’interview with bogus doctor Matthew Lani.

Matthew Lani

METRO FM promoting the interview with bogus doctor Matthew Lani. Photo: METRO FM/ Facebook

SABC radio station Metro FM has responded to claims it gave its presenter Faith Mangope a warning after her controversial interview with fake doctor Matthew Lani.

The Metro FM Talk presenter had a sit-down inter view with Lani on Monday, 27 November, despite mounting evidence against him since he was exposed in October.

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During his interview, Lani confirmed that he saw “a lot” of patients and administered patients for “various ailments” including stabbings, bronchitis, HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg where he said he worked for two hours.

Following the interview, Metro FM and Mangope received heavy backlash on social media, with the station bring accused of committing fraud.

According to Zimoja, a source claimed that Mangope was issued with a precautionary warning letter. However, SABC spokesperson l, Sibusiso Gumbi, denied allegations.

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Lani is accused of stealing the identity of Dr Sanele Zingelwa’s identity, who is a second-year medical intern at the Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital.

On 9 October, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Gauteng Health Department confirmed that Lani was not a registered doctor working at Helen Joseph Hospital, as he had been claiming on social media. Wits University, where he claimed to have graduated, also denied he had graduated from the institution.

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In addition, it was revealed by the Gauteng Department of Education that Lani doesn’t have a matric certificate. The department also said the bogus doctor was previously enrolled at a school for pupils with special needs.

“Our official records indicate that Matthew Bongani Lani was initially enrolled at Bordeaux Primary School [Randburg] in 2007. However, he was referred to Gresswold Learners with Special Needs School in Johannesburg in January 2010,” said education department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

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In 2016, the influencer (who had 300 000 followers on his TikTok account before it was suspended) reappeared on the department’s system at Fourways Adult Centre, where he only passed one subject out of the three he wrote.

“Based on these records and further verified information at our disposal from Umalusi (the education quality assurance body), we can confirm that Matthew Bongani Lani indeed does not possess a matric certificate,” said Mabona.

At the end of the same month, Lani was arrested by security personnel at the Helen Joseph Hospital. The charges against him were dropped.