Trio bust over fake matrics


The three men ar­rested for al­legedly sell­ing fraud­u­lent Umalusi Se­nior Cer­tifi­cates have been re­manded by the Bot­sha­belo Mag­is­trate’s Court. The men in their late 30s and early 40s ap­peared in court on Tues­day. They were ar­rested on 31 De­cem­ber 2016, by the Hawks An­ti­Cor­rup­tion and Crime In­tel­li­gence.

They were ar­rested af­ter they sold a cer­tifi­cate to an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer for R3 000 at a shop­ping com­plex in Bot­sha­belo.

“The op­er­a­tion was con­ducted af­ter in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived that the sus­pects were con­struct­ing and sell­ing Umalusi Se­nior Cer­tifi­cates,” Hawks Cap­tain S’fiso Nyakane said this week.

Nyakane said in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that one of the men was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to five years in prison for a sim­i­lar offence.

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