TikTok banned the trending South African fake Dr Mathew Lani during a live video in which he was trying to defend himself.
The bogus doctor was posing as a real doctor and giving out mediacal advise on the social media platform.
On 9 October, Dr Matthew Lani, who also claims to be Sanele Zingelwa, has been trending across all social media platforms as people doubt his medical qualifications. Dr Matthew is prominent on TikTok for dishing out medical advice. He is also an HIV/Aids activist who has revealed that he is living positively.
He claimed he studied medicine at Wits University, but the institution dropped a statement saying they don’t have him in their records.
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) also clarified that Dr Matthew is not a registered doctor. The witty influencer had claimed he works at Helen Joseph Hospital in the Gauteng Department of Health.
The department released a stern response, revealing it is opening a criminal case against Dr Matthew:
“Lani managed to weave his way into the system pretending to be in the employ of Helen Joseph Hospital, where he moved around the hospital corridors curating content for social media. Further investigations have revealed that Dr Sanele Zingelwa, the name which Lani claims is his real name, belongs to a second-year medical intern at Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital.”
Earlier today, the fake doctor took to his TikTok and went live to clarify his issue. As he was explaining, TikTok took down his account and banned him.
The social media platform frowns upon impersonation, and its Community Guidelines specify:
“We do not allow accounts that pose as another person or entity in a deceptive manner. When we confirm a report of impersonation, we may ask the user to revise the profile or may ban the account.”
Social media users reacted with contempt as TikTok banned Dr Matthew.
“They did not even give him a chance to clarify things😭😭😭😂😂😂😂”
“Siyamuzwa ethi his okay, but why isn’t he at work today?🌚”
“The way I was so invested in his live, I wanted to hear what he has to say for himself, maybe he was going to give us proof hle guys😭Dr mara!”
“So stressed he even forgot his stethoscope 😂”