The three men standing accused of selling fake matric and doctor certificates will reappear in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court later in February. Joel Mpotle (38), Tebello Mohale (39) and Lefa Ntshasa (49) were previsiously found guilty and sentenced for a similar crime. On a recent appearance, Mpotle was granted bail of R5 000 while his two accomplices were released with no bail. Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), said the three would appear on different dates, with Mpotle’s date being 17 February. The other two were set to appear on 27 February. Mpotle faces charges of selling fake doctor certificates while the other two face charges for allegedly selling fraudulent Umalusi senior certificates. The Hawks in the Free State arrested the trio in Botshabelo late in December when they sold a fraudulent Umalusi senior certificate for R3 000 to an undercover police officer. The directorate’s investigation revealed that Mpotle had previously – in 2009 – been convicted and sentenced in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court to five years imprisonment for a similar crime. Repeat-offender Mpotle had three years of his five year term suspended.