Sentenced councillor’s job is still safe

2018-02-09 06:00

SIPHELELE NKETO
>>siphelele@media24.com

GREATER Kokstad Municipality councillor Mfundiso Figlan’s job is safe even though he was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment suspended for five years by the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court on January 15. The sentence was confirmed by SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo.

The Ward 4 councillor was arrested after police refused to certify a copy of a matric certificate in November last year. The police became suspicious after noticing that the bar code looked as if it had been tampered with and the way the certificate had been typed. He was elected as a councillor after the 2016 Local Government Elections.

GKM speaker Zolani Mhlongo said Figlan’s job is safe for now.

“According to the procedure, a councillor can lose his or her job only if they get a jail sentence.

“To be a councillor there is no matric requirement, so Figlan still qualifies to be a councillor. If he was working in a position that requires a matric certificate, then without a doubt he would have lost his job,” said Mhlongo.

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