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11 Arrested in Connection with Fake Certificate Scheme

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Fake Certificate Scheme

Umalusi CEO Dr. Mafu Rakometsi revealed during a media briefing on Monday that at least 11 individuals have been arrested over the past six months in connection with the illegal buying and selling of counterfeit certificates.

According to Rakometsi, the South African Police Service (SAPS) made the arrests on various dates following Umalusi’s previous announcement of measures taken to ensure the authenticity and credibility of their certificates during a State of Readiness Media Briefing on October 13, 2023.

The arrests took place in different locations, with the first two suspects apprehended in Burgersfort, Limpopo on October 27. In November, one individual was arrested in Pretoria, followed by three more on November 20. The latest five suspects were nabbed in Burgersfort, Limpopo on December 13.

In addition to the arrests, a Department of Higher Education and Training official is facing charges of corruption for allegedly issuing a diploma certificate in exchange for money.

Rakometsi emphasized that Umalusi is not involved in the distribution of fake certificates and is dedicated to providing genuine certificates to eligible individuals.

He urged employers in both the public and private sectors to verify the qualifications of current and prospective employees through the verification agencies listed on Umalusi’s website. The CEO provided instructions for accessing the agencies’ contact details through the Certification & Verification section on the Umalusi website.

Rakometsi affirmed Umalusi’s commitment to collaborating with law enforcement to ensure that those involved in fraudulent activities are held accountable. Police investigations into the fake certificate scheme are ongoing.

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