12 years later: Durban medical school student arrested for applying to university with false matric results

  • A medical student may not continue his studies after discovering that his matric results were tampered with
  • According to the Hawks, the 29-year-old, who is now in his fourth year of college, faked his passing grades in 2010
  • Some South Africans are more concerned about his academic success and think his fake matric results shouldn’t be a problem.

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DURBAN – A 29-year-old medical student is set to appear in Durban’s Specialist Commercial Crime Court for allegedly falsifying his matric results to earn himself a place at medical school.

Hawks spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the fraudulent act allegedly took place in 2010 at Umbilo, Durban.

A fourth-year medical student gets in trouble for applying with falsified matrix results. Image: Getty Images/Stock Image
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“It is alleged that the suspect falsified his matric certificate and changed the passing scores to gain admission to the university in 2010,” Mhlongo said.

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The alleged fraud was only discovered when the man was in his fourth year of studies. He was then reported to Umbilo police, where a scam case was opened. After investigation, the man was arrested, according to SchedulesLIVE.

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The Hawks took the case back to police after the investigation was temporarily withdrawn. The man is expected to appear in court by May 31.

South Africans weigh in on medical student with fraudulent matrix credentials

On social media, some South Africans are wondering why the Durban man with falsified matrix credentials was taken care of if he was able to progress through medical school.

@Labrusc66937562 said:

“If he managed to finish his studies, I think it was a way for God to manifest himself on a young man, our paths are not the same, what is important is the destination, not how he made it. Please let him go. Anyway, he passed his studies.”

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@VuyiFebruarie said:

“If he studies successfully and gets promoted, why all the fuss? »

@vutomiii said:

“The question is, did he do well in medical school?”

Two men arrested for insurance fraud in Durban

Two suspects, aged 33 and 35, are due to appear in Durban Regional Court for alleged involvement in insurance fraud.

The 33-year-old suspect allegedly applied for R6.5 million life insurance in February 2020, then three months later the older suspect attempted to claim the life insurance, stating that the insured had died, according to IOLs.

The insurance company thought the claim was a bit suspicious and launched an investigation and found that the “deceased” person was still alive.

“The person believed to be deceased was found to be alive and a case of fraud was reported to Berea police station,” Mhlongo said.

Mhlongo says the case has been transferred to the Hawks and the men are scheduled to appear in court on July 9.

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Sassa manager accused of R4m fraud allegedly used fake matrix certificate to get job

In brief News previously reported that an employee of the South African Social Security Agency is accused of fraud which cost the government R4 million.

The figure comes from the 14 years she worked in Sassa with a salary. Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe allegedly used a fake matrix certificate to land her administrator position in Sassa in 2006.

The department only picked this up because of an audit with the Department of Basic Education which found its matrix documents to be fake.

Source: News in Brief

Martha K. Merrill