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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the State is pushing for a 15-year prison term for a former Passenger Rail Association of SA (Prasa) executive who doctored his qualifications and submitted a fake offer of employment to drive his salary higher.

Prasa's former head of engineering, Daniel Mthimkhulu, appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court for sentencing proceedings on Thursday. Mthimkhulu was convicted on three counts of fraud after it was proven that he had misrepresented his qualifications to Prasa after claiming to have a master's degree from Wits University and a doctorate in engineering management from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany. In his arguments for sentencing, prosecutor Sithembiso Bhengu said Mthimkhulu had been convicted of a serious crime that was prevalent in SA. He added: "Our court rolls are overrun and over-burdened with these types of cases, and it is only fair to characterise the situation as having reached epidemic proportions." Bhengu noted that as an engineer, Mthimkhulu had been involved in massive capital projects within Prasa and did not have engineering qualifications, placing all the projects at considerable risk. According to Bhengu, a non-custodial sentence and correctional supervision would not properly address the seriousness of the offence. Mthimkhulu is expected to be sentenced later this year.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Belinda Pheto at News24


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