Botshabelo - Three men have appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court, in the Free State, after they were arrested for selling fake matriculant certificates. Joel Mpotle, 38, Tebello Mohale, 39, and Lefa Ntshasa, 49, appeared in court on Tuesday. They were arrested on December 31. Captain S’fiso Nyakane said the trio were nabbed by the Hawks Anti-Corruption Unit and Crime Intelligence after they sold a fraudulent Umalusi Senior Certificate to an undercover police officer for R3 000 at a shopping complex in Botshabelo.Nyakane said the operation was conducted after information was received that the suspects were producing and selling Umalusi Senior Certificates. "Investigations revealed that Mohale was previously convicted to five years, [with] three years suspended for a similar offence," Nyakane said. The matter was postponed to Tuesday, January 17, for a formal bail application.