KZN cops look into police verification

KZN police will verify all qualifications after the discovery of an 'invalid' fake matric certificate.

Authorities will verify the validity of all cop qualifications after the discovery of an alleged fake matric certificate.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday they are verifying the validity of the qualifications of all officers in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the wake of allegations that former KwaZulu-Natal Police Spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge allegedly had an invalid matric certificate.

Mdunge has subsequently resigned from his job with immediate effect after being told he will face an internal disciplinary process and criminal prosecution.

The police's Jay Naicker said, "The criminal charge of fraud is still continuing and the investigation will continue. Unfortunately we cannot comment further on the matter."

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.

'THE MATTER IS A DISGRACE'

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.

PREVIOUS INCIDENT

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.