Forged signature of first lady Mkhize lands man in dock

2012-04-30 00:00

AN official letter carrying an apparently forged signature of KwaZulu-Natal’s first lady has landed a 32-year-old man in the dock.

It is alleged that Senzo Zondi used the name of the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize’s wife to gain a tender. He is expected to make his second court appearance today on charges of fraud, forgery and uttering. Police said yesterday they expected to make more arrests.

It is alleged that Zondi and his accomplices used a letterhead of the Department of Health with a forged signature of Dr May Mashigo Mkhize as proof that they had been awarded a tender to an undisclosed third party. “As soon as she [Mkhize] found out she called on the police to investigate this matter and Zondi has been the first one to be arrested in connection with this incident,” a source said.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Joey Jeevan said Zondi first appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

She said police had not dealt with such a case before.

Spokesperson for the Office of the Premier, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said the provincial first lady had always maintained her integrity and was happy that those who used her name in order to camouflage their corrupt activities were facing the the law.

“We however do not want to comment further on the issue as it is being fully investigated by the SAPS and the accused are now appearing in court,” he said.

“We warn those who use the name of the first lady to advance their narrow personal interest to stop because this is illegal and anyone found to be doing that will face the might of the law.”

Sibiya said it had become a common practice for some people to use names of influential people to advance their interests and such a practice should be stopped as it was illegal.

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