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I am a criminal when it suits me

When a woman was caught for committing adultery, she was made to stand before the public to be stoned according to the law. When Jesus said to them” if anyone of you is without sin, let them be the first to cast a stone at this woman” no one threw a stone at the women because they knew that they have sinned at some point in their life. This is how the businessmen and author of his newest book titled “I am a criminal when it suits me”, gives the reader an introduction to his message that people commit crime or sin in their everyday lives whether they see it or not. From stealing something as simple as a toilet paper or pencil at the office to stealing large sums of money.

The book scratches the surface on issues pertaining to fraud and corruption, paying more attention to the health care industry. According to the author these issues should be dealt with, discussed and investigated scrupulously.

Samuel Mohlomi Maphalane is a certified ethics officer and has a diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations. He currently managers a consulting company that deals with Fraud and Ethics Management and has worked in the health care industry for more than 17 years. “ In my line of work over the years I have seen the corruption that takes place in the industry and how money is skimmed through particular cunning systems” , he says.

“The other major concern for me was how fraud investigations are only directed at health care practitioners rather than members of medical aids schemes” adds Maphalane. In his view more attention should be given to fraudulent activities that members are taking part in as millions of funds are lost by schemes due these activities.

“Medical aid schemes members do not realise that they are stealing and cheating themselves when they steal from their medical aids by faking illnesses for medical certificates and taking part in bribery amongst other dishonest activities, this thus causes premiums to increase” remarked Maphalane. Although he condemns it, Sam admits in his book of being guilty in going to the doctor just to obtain a sick note in the past. He says he believes that members are purposefully not informed by companies of their rights as members as some invincible players prefer that members do not know the true situation.

When asked why he felt the need to pen down the book, he says that he wants to share the information that he attained over the years and also wanted to provide solutions to the problems that South African medical companies are facing and wants communities at large to become part of the process of bringing a positive change to the situation and thus save the economy.

The daring book is written in a memoir style and is divided into three sections ranging from topics such as how crime starts from a young age, giving examples on how it starts highlighting the pressures in communities to be seen with expensive clothes and other things. He narrates the psychological way that the environment plays in perpetuating the youth to commit crimes. It further gives a synopsis on how South African medical aid companies lose millions annually due to fraud and also provides recommendations. The author draws from his own real experiences and admits his own contribution in activities that some may not see as major crimes.

The entrepreneur took the route of self-publishing the book, a move that many fail at but he is firm on the importance of the book and says that the his writing has already been receiving a lot of attention. Official be launched in Johannesburg at Monti Casino on the 5th of August 2019 followed by his place of birth Kimberley.

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