Ex-cop Mdunge charged

2013-10-09 00:00

FORMER provincial police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge has been formally charged with fraud for allegedly submitting a fake matric certificate.

Mdunge appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was released on R5 000 bail. He was not asked to plead. The case was adjourned to November 7.

Mdunge, who was the voice of the SAPS for major and international events in KwaZulu-Natal, and most recently the COP17 climate change conference, resigned from the service late last month after it was reported that he had allegedly submitted a fake matric certificate in his application.

However, in an interview with The Witness, he claimed to be innocent and that he was in possession of a valid matric certificate.

The veracity of his certificate was questioned during a national verification process of all police personnel’s qualifications.

Provincial spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the process was still being conducted by other provinces and more statistics would be released once the national office had processed and finalised the findings. “There is no confirmed time frame for this,” said Naicker.

It is believed that it was not a requirement to have a matric certificate when Mdunge joined the police service. During the audit and verification process, it was discovered that his original paperwork did not include a matric certificate. He was then asked to produce one.

A police source said Mdunge had not been singled out and that every police officer had to go through the process.

“I too had to submit my educational qualifications and I was asked to do it three or four times and became worried. All of this indicates how thorough the verification process is,” said the source.

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