Man ar­rested in Dur­ban for mak­ing fake cer­tifi­cates

Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - ANELISA KUBHEKA [email protected]

A MAN has been ar­rested af­ter a so­phis­ti­cated mini fake cer­tifi­cate man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tion was un­cov­ered at his home in Dur­ban.

It is un­der­stood that the man was man­u­fac­tur­ing fake ma­tric and se­cu­rity guards’ reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane, 58-year-old Zipho Them­binkosi Mh­longo was charged with be­ing in pos­ses­sion of fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments.

He said Mh­longo’s ar­rest came af­ter the po­lice learnt from an in­for­mant that he was man­u­fac­tur­ing fake cer­tifi­cates at a house in Ntuzuma.

“Po­lice pro­ceeded to the house and he was caught man­u­fac­tur­ing cer­tifi­cates and was ar­rested and de­tained. Pho­to­copy­ing ma­chines and ton­ers were seized,” he said.

The Daily News learnt of the man’s ar­rest this week dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Pri­vate Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (PSiRA) of­fices in Dur­ban.

Re­gional man­ager Ta­lent Zwane said a man who had come to re­new his cer­tifi­cate at their Dur­ban of­fices was found to have a doc­u­ment that was not authen­tic.

“Af­ter PSiRA in­spec­tors in­ter­ro­gated him, they went to the house in Ntuzuma where he al­legedly bought the cer­tifi­cate, where the sus­pect was ar­rested with the help of the SAPS. The sus­pect in the house was found with ma­chines and equip­ment to man­u­fac­ture these cer­tifi­cates, and ap­par­ently also made ma­tric cer­tifi­cates,” she said.

Umalusi, the coun­cil for qual­ity as­sur­ance in gen­eral and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, said it con­demned all forms of chi­canery and fraud, es­pe­cially where cer­tifi­cates were con­cerned.

“The law should take its course in all cases of al­leged crim­i­nal­ity, and the per­pe­tra­tors must be in­car­cer­ated,” said spokesper­son Lucky Di­taun­yane.

He said they had dis­trib­uted posters with iden­ti­fy­ing fea­tures dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween fraud­u­lent and authen­tic ma­tric cer­tifi­cates at po­lice sta­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, TVET col­leges and pub­lic li­braries.

“It is not al­ways easy to know where these acts of crim­i­nal­ity are tak­ing place un­til they are brought to our at­ten­tion.

“Umalusi is aware that two men were suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted and jailed for sell­ing fake ma­tric cer­tifi­cates in Bot­sha­belo, Free State, about three years ago,” said Di­taun­yane.

KwaZulu-Natal De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Scelo Khuzwayo said they were dis­turbed to learn of the mat­ter.

“We con­demn this type of act in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms. We do be­lieve that all the rel­e­vant law en­force­ment agen­cies will do a great job in en­sur­ing that this mat­ter is in­ves­ti­gated thor­oughly,” he said.

Khuzwayo said they also wanted to send a clear mes­sage to peo­ple to re­sist the temp­ta­tion to buy such cer­tifi­cates.

“There is only one way of get­ting a ma­tric cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and when­ever a per­son is seen sell­ing one, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity must re­port that to the po­lice,” he said.

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