Councillor caught with a fake matric certificate

2017-11-24 06:00

A GREATER Kokstad Municipality and ANC ward councillor has been caught with an alleged fake matric certificate.

Mfundiso Figlan (40), a Ward 4 councillor in Shayamoya township was arrested on Monday by Kokstad Police Station officers after an argument allegedly broke out between him and the police after they refused to certify a copy of a matric document he had.

Figlan was arrested when police became suspicious about the certificate’s bar code and the way the certificate was written looked as though it had been typed.

Police said when they questioned him he became rude and saying they can’t question his credentials.

He also said they won’t arrest him because “he knows police bosses”.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

“I can confirm that we arrested somebody with a fake matric certificate and have opened a case of fraud.”

He said police became suspicious about certificate so they phoned the Department of Education and discovered that his name did not appear anywhere within the department, and arrested him.

Greater Kokstad Municipality Spokesperson Nomzekelo Selani said the municipality has noted the issue and would like to tell the community that a comprehensive­ comment can only be made once the law processes have been followed because for now facts are still being gathered.

“We would like to emphasise that the municipality condemns fraudulent qualifications in any form,” said Selani.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said they have not yet been told about the case, but if the councillor is found to be on the wrong side of the law he must be prosecuted and dealt with.

Figlan appeared in court on Wednesday facing charges of fraud.

He was given R1 000 bail. He will appear again on January 15, 2018.

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