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Civil Servant Sentenced for Defrauding State

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Kimberley-Northern Cape Hawks Provincial Head, Major General KD Galawe welcomed the court outcomes against Thapelo Samson Shongwe (44), a public service employee in Douglas.

Shongwe was arrested on 20 October 2015 after it was discovered that he submitted fraudulent document in order gain employment within the South African Police Service. His appointment dates back from 26 March 2004 at Douglas Police Station, where he worked as a data typist for the duration of his employment. The minimum requirements for level 2 position of a data typist advertised was grade 10.

Shongwe submitted a statement of symbols on his application, indicating that he wrote matric examination in November 2003 and that he passed his Grade 10 in 1989 at Batlhaping High School. Hawks Investigations revealed that Shongwe did not meet the minimum requirements for the post he occupied.

He first appeared before Douglas Magistrates Court on 20 October 2015 and was released on R1000-00 bail. On 20 September 2016, he appeared before Douglas Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty.

He was fine R6000,00 or 24 months imprisonment. Additionally, the court further imposed 24 months imprisonment on him, suspended for 5 years on condition that he is not found guilty on similar offences.