Illegal grant certificates syndicate busted

2011-01-02 19:33

Johannesburg - An alleged syndicate issuing fraudulent birth, medical and child grant certificates was discovered in Soweto, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said some ink pads belonging to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, health care centres in Soweto and the departments of education and social services and population development were seized in Dobsonville Ext on Friday.

"Some of these ink pads are for maternity wards, orthopaedics ward, antenatal clinic and discharge stamps at the hospital."

Dlamini said 25 stamped blank medical certificates and one medical certificate were seized.

An employee at the Soweto Health Care Centre was arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.

Dlamini said the employee may also face several charges of fraud when he appears in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

He said more people, including employees of government departments, may be arrested as investigations continue.

  • duncan - 2011-01-03 05:03

    I sat next to a young lady, dressed to the nines, in Roodepoort recently, who was handing in late birth registrations. She had about 50 and was adding names and addresses every 10 minutes via her iPhone. Child grants for a fee?

      Priscilla Cillie - 2011-01-03 11:47

      Every company is audited in SA! Why is the SA Government NOT audited by an outside company???????????????????These illegal transactions will come to a STOP quickly!

  • Priscilla Cillie - 2011-01-03 11:41

    What next damn thieves. Lock them up forever!

  • mabsie - 2011-08-20 22:57

    I am all for a Grant been given to a worthy person, but fraud? Please Govt. tighten your controls, thats my money you throwing away!!!!

  • george60 - 2011-08-21 11:49

    I will never go to a goverment hospital the way stealing going on now you can wake up 'heart or kidneyless'?

  • motsokwane - 2011-08-21 12:02

    Do some people understand what the after effect of their actions will be to them and their children and the country in general? A curse word is beginning to come to my mind.Aga man,it is now starting to sound like a game. Are this reports for real?

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