Cape Argus

Bogus teachers get suspended sentences

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TWO bogus teachers Sibongile Rose Khuzwayo, 50, and Nonjabulo Bahle Mabuza, 47, have been convicted of fraud by the Volkrust Regional Court in Mpumalanga, and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonme­nt.

Hawks spokespers­on Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said they were arrested in February 2017 after a probe revealed that the two had been employed by the Department of Education as teachers since July 2006, using fraudulent qualificat­ions.

To address the concern, the department instructed all teachers to submit their qualificat­ions for authentica­tion.

“It was during this process that the pair failed to comply and instead opted to resign. The Hawks were tasked to conduct further investigat­ions which ultimately proved that the pair’s credential­s were indeed fake,” said Sekgotodi.

The court sentenced the pair to 10 years’ imprisonme­nt each, wholly suspended for five years on condition they are not found guilty of fraud during the period of suspension. Additional­ly, a confiscati­on order for their pension fund to the tune of R600 000 each was granted, said Sekgotodi. |

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