Mdunge to appeal fraud conviction

2014-11-06 00:00

FORMER provincial police spin doctor Vincent Mdunge plans to appeal after a Durban court yesterday found him guilty of fraud and forging his matric certificate.

Having served 27 years in the police force and climbing the ladder all the way to the rank of colonel, Mdunge resigned last year amid allegations that he had faked his matric certificate.

Allegations against him surfaced during a criminal and academic records of SA Police Service employees vetting process last year.

Magistrate Thandeka Fikeni delivered her judgment in front of a packed court.

The matter was adjourned to December 17 for sentencing, mitigation of sentence and application for leave to appeal. The Witness understands that Mdunge plans to appeal against the counts he was found guilty of, as well as the sentence when it is handed down.

Mdunge was charged with five charges, including three of fraud, forgery and uttering.

Fikeni found Mdunge guilty of forging his matric certificate and benefiting from the South African Police Service by earning a salary, despite not having a valid certificate.

He was also found guilty of fraud for having used a fake matric certificate to enrol for a National Diploma in Police at the University of South Africa.

Sapa reported that the State argued that Mdunge had defrauded the police out of R3,5 million on the basis of his fake matric certificate.

Mdunge was found not guilty of the other fraud charge because the court found that he was not required to have a matric certificate at the time he applied for the job.

A Sapa report said special constables who were hired at the height of the violence in KwaZulu-Natal in the late eighties and early nineties only required a Standard Eight (Grade 10 today) pass.

He was found not guilty of uttering (using a forged document made by someone else) because the court believed that the charge was a duplication of the forgery charge.

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