Cape Argus

Bogus teachers get suspended sentences


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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