Zuma VIP chief ’s ‘FAKE’ MATRIC

Asper­sions cast on top cop after doc­u­ments re­veal con­tra­dic­tions about his stated cre­den­tials

CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s chief pro­tec­tor, King Ng­cobo, has been ac­cused of sub­mit­ting a fake matric cer­tifi­cate be­fore be­ing ap­pointed head of VIP pro­tec­tion ser­vices. Ng­cobo, also re­ferred to by his clan name, Mapholoba, is known to be a “Zuma man” within the in­tel­li­gence cir­cles and the SA Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS).

He was pro­moted to the post, de­spite not hav­ing the re­quired NQF Level 6. It was one of the stip­u­lated re­quire­ments when the post was ad­ver­tised.

City Press has ob­tained doc­u­ments which re­veal that dur­ing the screen­ing process, war­rant of­fi­cer MK Mate re­fused to tick the box in­di­cat­ing whether Ng­cobo had passed matric and pos­sessed the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions. In­stead, Mate wrote: “Panel to see.” Ng­cobo sub­mit­ted a matric cer­tifi­cate which many within the SAPS al­leged was fake.

Two sources within the po­lice ser­vice said there was an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ng­cobo’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but it was later aban­doned be­fore com­ple­tion.

Alarm bells were also raised when he claimed on his CV to have joined the SAPS in March 1995 as a con­sta­ble, but also passed Stan­dard 10 (now Grade 12) at Swelihle High School in Um­lazi that same year.

It is al­leged that he could not ex­plain if he was study­ing part-time or study­ing through cor­re­spon­dence while un­der­go­ing po­lice train­ing.

In the hand­writ­ten govern­ment em­ploy­ment form, he also al­legedly con­tra­dicted him­self by stat­ing that he passed Stan­dard 10 in 1982.

Ng­cobo is a for­mer crime in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer. In 2009, he be­came the team leader for Zuma’s pres­i­den­tial pro­tec­tion ser­vices.

He was later pro­moted to sec­tion head of VIP pro­tec­tion be­fore be­ing ap­pointed the na­tional head in July last year.

This week, he ad­mit­ted to be­ing aware of his rep­u­ta­tion as a Zuma man, saying peo­ple were jeal­ous of his ap­point­ment and had gone as far as be­witch­ing him.

The 52-year-old is now re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of the pres­i­dent, as well as the coun­try’s min­is­ters, pre­miers and MECs.

On Wed­nes­day, Ng­cobo in­sisted he had a matric cer­tifi­cate and re­ferred City Press to po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Sally de Beer for con­fir­ma­tion.

“This mat­ter is an em­ployer/em­ployee re­la­tion­ship is­sue and the depart­ment is not pre­pared to con­verse via the me­dia,” De Beer re­sponded when ap­proached for comment.

“The al­le­ga­tion will be dealt with in­ter­nally ac­cord­ing to pre­scripts.”

How­ever, on Fri­day Ng­cobo en­gaged the ser­vices of a pop­u­lar pub­lic re­la­tions prac­ti­tioner to con­vince City Press that he in­deed had a matric cer­tifi­cate, in an ef­fort to pre­vent us from pub­lish­ing this ar­ti­cle.

City Press ad­vised Ng­cobo, through the prac­ti­tioner, to pro­duce a copy of the cer­tifi­cate. Since then, Ng­cobo has no longer been reach­able on his phone.

The al­le­ga­tions against him come in the wake of the ax­ing of for­mer act­ing crime in­tel­li­gence head Chris Ng­cobo, who was found to have “con­sis­tently lied” about his matric cre­den­tials.

This prompted the then na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Riah Phiyega, now sus­pended, to sus­pend him.

Chris Ng­cobo was in­volved in a 2015 in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Phiyega, which re­sulted in her be­ing ac­cused of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice, after she was al­legedly caught on a wire­tap in­form­ing sus­pended Western Cape com­mis­sioner Arno Lamoer about a probe im­pli­cat­ing him in cor­rup­tion.

In a let­ter writ­ten by Phiyega, she said Chris Ng­cobo’s sus­pen­sion and sub­se­quent dis­missal did not em­anate from his lack of qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but rather, from the fact that he falsely stated to the se­cu­rity clear­ance au­thor­ity – and not the SAPS – that he had the qual­i­fi­ca­tion in ques­tion. This, she said, was tan­ta­mount to the se­ri­ous trans­gres­sion of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

In 2015, for­mer KwaZulu-Natal po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Vin­cent Mdunge was also caught hav­ing sub­mit­ted a fake matric cer­tifi­cate dur­ing a na­tion­wide au­dit.

Mdunge was found guilty of fraud and forgery by the Dur­ban Re­gional Court and sen­tenced to five years in jail.

In hand­ing down sen­tence, Mag­is­trate Than­deka Fikeni said she tried to be as le­nient as she could by tak­ing into ac­count the fact that Mdunge was a first­time of­fender.

How­ever, he was a high-rank­ing of­fi­cer and, she said, “There is ab­so­lutely noth­ing re­spectable about whitecol­lar crim­i­nals and crime.”

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