‘Fraud’: IFP accuse Health Dept man

2009-02-19 00:00

The Inkatha Freedom Party yesterday accused Leon Mbangwa, the spokesman for the provincial Department of Health, of being a convicted fraudster and an illegal immigrant who allegedly forged his identity document.

IFP MPLs Lionel Mtshali and Les Govender yesterday claimed that their party discovered that Mbangwa was convicted in 2003 of fraud and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

The charges stemmed from Mbangwa’s alleged forging of his identity document to alter his nationality, the party claimed. “He served only six months and thereafter was removed to the Lindela Repatriation Centre from where he was deported back to Zimbabwe,” Govender claimed.

Mbangwa, who said he was born in Zimbabwe to South African parents, denied any fraud, saying his arrest was a result of attempts to rectify errors in his ID book.

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