MBOMBELA, August 26 – Two police reservists in Machadodorp in Mpumalanga have been sentenced to 12 months in prison, or a fine of R6,000, for attempted fraud after they submitted fake matric certificates in a bid to gain permanent employment in the police.
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said Lettie Ntuli, 34, and Philemon Sekwane, 31, were sentenced in the Machadodorp Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
According to Sekgotodi, the pair were active police reservists at the Machado police station in Mpumalanga in 2009 when reservists were incorporated into permanent SAPS employ provided they were in possession of matric certificate.
“Ntuli and Sekwane approached Bongani Sydney Madonsela who printed fraudulent matric certificate for them,” Sekgotodi said. “During the screening and selection process it was then discovered that the two were using fake certificates and were subsequently arrested.
“The two pleaded guilty of the offence, but the first accused, Madonsela, pleaded not guilty and his case was postponed to 5 October 2016 for trial.”