JOHANNESBURG - The South African doctor practicising in the UK who was this week sentenced to six years behind bars for taking indecent pictures of his patients, was previously found guilty of improper conduct.
Dr Barend Cilliers Delport, 55, was found guilty of improper conduct in January 1989 for not identifying the patient before administering anaesthetic and the penalty imposed was a caution and reprimand.
According to the Health Professions Council of South African (HPCSA), he was registered with the then Medical and Dental Council (now HPCSA) from November 9, 1981 and he was voluntarily erased on June 30,1998.
HPCSA spokesperson Bertha Peters-Scheepers said: "He was voluntarily erased due to his going to reside in the UK."
This means that Delport made a request to be removed from the medical register.
Delport studied at the University of Pretoria where he obtained his qualification as a Medical Practitioner in 1981. He worked as an Intern at 2 Military Hospital, Wynberg the following year.
He also registered an additional qualification as a Dental Assistant in 1984. He is originally from Kroonstad in the Free State.
Delport made headlines in the UK this week after half a million pornographic images were found on his computer. Another 5 500 images of children, some of them his patients, were also recovered.
The Mail Online reported how outraged the local community was and that friends and the baptist church leader expressed their shock that he had committed such "despicable crimes" while hiding behind a facade of respectability.
Additional reporting Sapa