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Arrested for Practising Architecture without being registered

25 July 2023, Johannesburg, South Africa- We wish to report to our stakeholders the arrest and detention of Mr. Knowledge Madinga, a suspect who allegedly violated section 18(2) of the Architectural Profession Act due to practising architecture without a license. In terms of section 41 (1) of the Act, a person contravening section 18(2) is guilty of an offence.

On 22 May 2023, SACAP Investigating Officer initiated a criminal case against Mr. Madinga, which was reported at the Tokoza Police Station. Following an investigation, the suspect was subsequently arrested on 21 July and placed in police custody. 

A bail hearing was scheduled for 24 July 2023, during which additional documents were requested. As a result, the bail hearing has been postponed to 28 July 2023 to allow for the submission of the required documentation. In the meantime, the suspect remains in police custody.

SACAP is committed to protecting members of the public and the architecture profession against unregistered persons. We call upon members of the public to verify with SACAP whether a person is registered before an appointment to perform architecture work. We can be reached at 011 479 000 or





The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is legally charged to regulate the architectural profession in South Africa by the Architectural Profession Act 2000, Act 44 of 2000. The architectural profession includes professional architects, senior architectural technologists, architectural technologists, draughtspersons, specified categories, and candidates in each of the categories of registration, all of whom are required to be registered with SACAP before they can practice architecture.

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