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easterncape thumb100 News24 reports that an attorney has questioned what prompted the State to charge his client in connection with allegations that he submitted a fake matric certificate to the Eastern Cape government when he was hired in 2002, even though the client had already been cleared in disciplinary proceedings.

The attorney, Elias Makhanya, was representing Eastern Cape Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo in the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday when he told the magistrate: "We have not received copies of the docket. We really do not know what might have influenced the State to charge him regardless of the outcomes of the disciplinary committee of the department." Kupelo's fraud, forgery and uttering case was transferred to the East London Commercial Crime Court and he will appear there on 22 May. He is out on R30,000 bail. Kupelo applied for a communication officer post in the Office of the Premier in Bhisho in March 2002 and he was appointed a month later. In 2020, the department apparently decided to conduct a skills audit, during which it was established that Kupelo had never had a matric certificate. The matter was referred to the Hawks for a thorough probe, which confirmed the allegations. Kupelo was suspended by the DOH, but returned after a disciplinary committee ruled in his favour. He has maintained his innocence since.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sithandiwe Velaphi at News24

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