KZN cop resigns over 'invalid' matric certificate

A probe has been launched into Colonel Vincent Mdunge due to an 'invalid' matric certificate.

It has emerged Colonel Vincent Mdunge is being investigated due to his matric qualification being ‘invalid’. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former senior KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge has reportedly resigned with immediate effect after being told he would face disciplinary action and criminal prosecution over his alleged fake matric certificate.

KwaZulu-Natal police say Mdunge's qualification was picked up during an ongoing nationwide verification process.

They have confirmed they are investigating a criminal case against the former provincial police spokesman.

The police's Jay Naicker says a charge of fraud is being investigated against Mdunge adding that Mdunge has "since tendered his resignation."

Naicker says Mdunge's alleged fraudulent matric qualification was picked up during the South African Police Service (SAPS)'s national qualification verification process, which is ongoing.

He says, "The criminal charge of fraud is still continuing and the investigation is till continuing."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Dianne Kohler Barnard, who the Chairperson of the Parliament's portfolio committee on police, says the matter is a disgrace.

"This man must face the full might of the law."

Mdunge has been unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts to contact him.

This is the latest incident in which an officer has been forced to step down due to his background not being properly checked.

Gauteng's Police Commissioner Mondli Zuma was recently removed from office after it was found that he is facing criminal charges.