Two KZN women were caught red-handed when they tried to cut corners by submitting fraudulent matric certificates at a local university during registrations, the police have confirmed.
According to a police statement on 21 January the suspects aged 20 and 27 years old arrived at a local university with the intention to register as students for the current year.
While their applications were being processed it was discovered that the matric certificates that they had submitted were fraudulent.
The matter was reported to the Mtunzini police station and a case of fraud was eventually opened for investigation which caused both suspects to be arrested.
“Students are warned to ensure that genuine documents are produced as those who produce fraudulent documents will face the consequences,” says Colonel Thembeka Mbele.
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Umalusi spokesperson Lucky Dituanyane confirmed to Move! that they’re aware of the incident and it’s now up to the courts to decide the suspects’ fate.
Lucky explains that this has been happening for the past few years but they have managed to catch many culprits, with some being successfully prosecuted. However, he could not provide us with the exact number of cases they’ve dealt with.
“Producing or faking a matric certificate is actually regarded as a criminal offence,” he cautions. He admits that it’s been hard for them to pinpoint the sources of these fake certificates.
“It’s difficult to pin the source because it’s not one person,” he tells Move!
The 20-year-old suspect appeared in Court on 22 January 2020 and the matter was remanded to 27 February 2020, while the case against the 27-year-old suspect was remanded to 28 February 2020. Both suspects are out on bail. Investigations are ongoing and more arrests are looming, Thembeka promises.
Lucky says those who’ve done their time and come back with genuine papers are welcomed by the system. “We hope the perpetrators learn from their mistakes,” he concludes.