Ar­rest that fraud, DA writes to po­lice chief

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BER­NADETTE WOLHUTER

THE DA is writ­ing to KwaZu­luNatal act­ing pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner Ma­jor-Gen­eral Bheki Langa to ask him to task his de­tec­tives with “do­ing their jobs” by ar­rest­ing con­victed fraud­ster and for­mer po­lice spokesper­son Vin­cent Mdunge, pic­tured.

“This man has been con­victed. All his ap­peals have been turned down, so there­fore it is the job of the po­lice to ar­rest him and take him to the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices to serve his sen­tence,” Dr Rishi­gen Vi­ranna, the party’s spokesper­son on com­mu­nity safety and li­ai­son in the prov­ince, said yes­ter­day.

Mdunge is sup­posed to be serv­ing a five-year prison term for fraud but weeks af­ter his lat­est ap­peal was dis­missed, he is still not in jail.

In 2014, the Dur­ban Re­gional Court con­victed Mdunge of us­ing a fake ma­tric cer­tifi­cate to ad­vance his ca­reer within the SAPS and to fur­ther his stud­ies.

He was con­victed on one count of fraud for re­ceiv­ing a salary to which he was not en­ti­tled and another for sub­mit­ting his forged ma­tric cer­tifi­cate to Unisa.

In Fe­bru­ary, the high court in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg dis­missed a bid to over­turn his con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

Last month, the Supreme Court of Ap­peals dis­missed another bid to the same ef­fect.

But po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Them­beka Mb­hele said yes­ter­day that they had done their job and that they could only ar­rest Mdunge with a war­rant from the court.

Mdunge’s lawyer, Yusuf Omar, said yes­ter­day that he’d been told not to com­ment.

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