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graduate thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a senior official at the Dihlabeng local municipality has been accused of falsifying her qualifications to land a plush job in the embattled municipality in eastern Free State.  

Seipati Mavis Mabula, the director of corporate services in the municipality, allegedly submitted a fraudulent bachelor of administration degree that did not contain the day on which she received it nor did it contain a certificate number.  Her position sees her receiving an annual salary of between R900,000 to R1,1m.  A report compiled by the office of the auditor-general flagged Mabula's qualifications after discrepancies in a copy of a degree that Mabula provided to substantiate her application were picked up.  The report indicated that the municipality's management failed to implement adequate validation controls for certificates submitted in support of academic qualifications.  But, Mabula said she obtained her degree through the correct channels and denied that she falsified her qualifications.  "It's a lie that my degree was obtained unlawfully.  I studied at UFS, Qwaqwa campus.  The institution told me that I owed R7,000 and needed to pay it before it can give me the transcripts that are outstanding," Mabula stated.  She promised to provide her student number, along with a letter from the SA Qualifications Authority indicating that her qualification was valid, but subsequently made an about-turn and referred enquiries to the municipality's spokesperson.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tankiso Makhetha at SowetanLive

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