Suspects to appear in court for selling fake matric certificate


Three suspects are set to appear in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court for on charges of fraud on Tuesday, 17 January.

Joel Mpotle (38), Tebello Mohale (39), and Lefa Ntshasa (49) who are accused of fraud were remanded in custody by the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court where they appeared after they appeared on Tuesday, following their arrests on the 31 December 2016.

Mpotle, Mohale and Ntshasa were nabbed by The Hawks Anti-Corruption and Crime Intelligence after they sold a fraudulent Umalusi Senior Certificate to an undercover police officer for an amount of R3 000 at a Shopping Complex in Botshabelo.

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The operation was conducted after information was received that the suspects were constructing and selling Umalusi Senior Certificates.

The trio were nabbed in the act of selling fraudulent matric certificates. Investigations revealed that Mohale was previously convicted to five years and three years suspended for a similar offence.

Their first appearance was on the 3 January 2017. Their next court appearance will be for a formal bail application.

Statement issued