KZN POLICE SPOKESPERSON RESIGNS OVER FAKE MATRIC CERTIFICATE
By: Mbalenhle Zibani
Colonel Vincent Mdunge’s matric results were found invalid when the criminal and academic records of South African Police Service employees were checked two weeks ago.
Mdunge was known as the mouthpiece of the KwaZulu-Natal police, boldly denouncing the criminal acts of others.
The senior provincial spokesperson has served the KZN SAPS for 27 years, but it is alleged that he has an invalid senior certificate.
Colonel Jay Naicker told the SABC news that provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, had immediately appointed a senior officer to investigate the allegation.
“Following a thorough investigation, the provincial commissioner took a decision to institute disciplinary charges against the member and Mdunge has since placed a notice… to resign from the SAPS and his resignation was accepted,” Naicker said.
He added that the SAPS would not comment further because a criminal investigation might follow.
Mdunge said to the media, “I am very sad about this, it has put a bad reputation about me and I have resigned but I will fight to clear my name because these allegations aren’t true.”
He added that it has affected his personality and how he did his work, thus he resigned.
Inkatha Freedom Party spokesman, Velaphi Ndlovu, asked that the national police commissioner Riah Phiyega ensures that Mdunge was prosecuted including those above Mdunge who were aware of his invalid matric certificate.
“This is shocking because Colonel Vincent Mdunge spoke about crime on a daily basis, while hiding his lack of a matric certificate. As a police officer he was supposed to lead by example, now he must face the consequences,” said Ndlovu.
Naicker said that the SAPS were busy with the verification of members’ academic qualifications.
“Members whose academic records differ from what they have affirmed to the SAPS will be dealt with in agreement with our disciplinary code and may be investigated criminally, depending on the circumstances,” he said.