BY REGINALD KANYANE
BATLHAPING High School was yanked into controversy by Douglas Police Station former typist, Thapelo Samson Shongwe. Shongwe lied about his qualifications and said he passed his Grade 10 at the renowned school.
He was arrested back in October 2015 after it was discovered that he submitted fraudulent document in order to gain employment within the South African Police Service.
The Hawks spokesperson in Northern Cape, Capt Philani Nkwalase said Shongwe’s appointment dates back from 26 March 2004.
“He worked as a data typist for the duration of his employment. The minimum requirement for a data typist post was Grade 10 as advertised. However, Shongwe submitted a statement of symbols on his application indicating that he wrote his matric examination in November 2003.
“He also highlighted 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,” Nkwalase said.
Shongwe firstly appeared in Douglas Magistrate’s Court in October 20, 2015. He was released on R1000 bail.
Nkwalase added that in September 20 this year, Shongwe pleaded guilty.
“He was fine R6000 or 24 months imprisonment. The court further imposed 24 months imprisonment on him and suspended it for five years on condition that he is not found guilty on similar offences,” he said.
Northern Cape Hawks Provincial Head, Major General KD Galawe said they welcome the court outcomes against Thapelo Samson Shongwe.