Ex-cop spokesperson case delayed again

2015-02-17 13:16

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Durban - Sentencing of fraud-convicted former police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge was again postponed in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Mdunge was told Magistrate Thandeka Fikeni was not available and that the matter was postponed to 4 March.

Last year he was found guilty of submitting a fake matric certificate when he joined the police in 1987, and of receiving a salary to which he was not entitled.

The highest rank a police officer can achieve in the police without a matric certificate is warrant officer. Mdunge had reached the rank of colonel.

Fikeni acquitted him on one count of fraud, saying it had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Mdunge misrepresented himself when he joined the police as a special constable.

Prosecutor Barend Groen told the court last year that the State had determined Mdunge had received R874 901 in salary he was not entitled to.

This was the difference between his salary as a colonel and that of a warrant officer.

During the trial the court heard that Mdunge failed matric in 1985, and when he wrote supplementary exams in 1986.

The certificate he presented had been tampered with and contained an examination number from when Mdunge was in grade eight.

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