EC death-scam doctor found dead in pool

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Dr Pieter Bothma, an East London doctor allegedly duped into signing a death certificate for a former ANC leader who faked his own death‚ has been found dead in his swimming pool. No foul play is suspected.

The Times reports that according to police‚ Dr Pieter Bothma‚ 58‚ was believed to have drowned in his pool at his Bonnie Doon home last week.

Cambridge police spokesperson‚ Captain Mluleki Mbi said police suspect Bothma‚ who was fully clothed‚ might have had a heart attack near the pool and fallen into the water. He said no foul play was suspected at this stage and an inquest case had been opened.

The report says a few years back‚ Bothma was implicated in the fake death scam of former ANC branch chair Zolani Xego‚ when he admitted to signing Xego’s death certificate without seeing a body after relatives claimed he had died from an aneurysm.

It later emerged that Xego and his ex-wife Vuyelwa Hlekiso faked his death to claim R3.5m from two life insurance policies he took out a few years earlier.

Full report in the Times

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