Information from the South African Police service (SAPS) says two former police reservists will be caged for 12 month if they fail to pay a R6,000 fine.
The police reservists were found guilty of fraud by the Machadodorp Magistrate’s Court this week.
As learnt, the duo presented fraudulent Grade 12 certificates when seeking permanent appointment within the South African Police Service.
“Lettie Ntuli (34) and Philemon Sekwane (31) were active police reservists at the Machado police station in Mpumalanga in 2009 when reservists were incorporated into permanent SAPS employees provided they were in possession of matric certificate,” SAPS narrated.
As such, Ntuli and Sekwane approached Bongani Sydney Madonsela who printed fraudulent matric certificate for them.
Fortunately, it was discovered that the two were using fake certificates during the screening and selection process. They were thus arrested.
During their trial, Ntuli and Sekwane pleaded guilty to the offence. Madonsela however, pleaded not guilty and got his case postponed to 5 October 2016.
In another media statement, SAPS alert the public about the existence of “bogus advertisements purporting” that SAPS is recruiting interested persons for police trainee-ship for 2017 and other vacancies.
SAPS cautioned members of the public to be vigilant and avoid being misled by any false advertisements or advertising scams. It also urged the masses to report such activities to the police.
With that, it indicated that there are currently no posts for police trainees.
“As it is the norm, the SAPS wishes to state that advertisements for any posts within its structures are…placed in a range of newspapers in the country to reach as many potential and suitable candidates as possible.”
The advertisements form part of a scam aimed at misleading the public and should be ignored, SAPS stated.
In addition, it referred South Africans to its official website saying: “only the information that is on the website can be regarded as authentic.”