- The Department of Education recently set the record straight around matric certificates
- According to their Twitter post, one can only obtain an authentic certificate by following all required steps
- They have warned people against making purchases
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The Department of Basic E ducation recently took to their Twitter page to warn people against paying money to obtain their matric certificates. Recent times have seen people taking advantage of people's desperation by selling fake copies of the important documents.
The department however warns both the sellers and buyers of the document that there will be serious consequences for those found guilty of trying to use fake matric certificates to apply for jobs.
Their stern warning comes after an advertisement offering to print certificates at a certain rate started making its rounds on Twitter. The ad not only offers to do same day printing but also offers to deliver the fake document.
In response to the illegal ad, the Basic Department of Education shared this:
"Certificate Scam Alert. The Department of Basic Education warns the public against a scam offering Matric certificates and other qualifications at a R1000 fee. This is a SCAM, do not pay the fee requested."
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education @ReginahMhaule had this to say:
"The only way to obtain a valid matric certificate is by registering, studying and writing your exams. Taking short cuts will not only get you into trouble, but will result in fraudsters running away with your money! "
Meanwhile, in other Briefly.co.za news, South African citizens who are concerned about incurring a criminal record after paying an admission of guilt for less serious offenses may be relieved to hear that a new bill is in the pipeline seeking to change this.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola is looking to introduce the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill which aims to expunge certain criminal records that result from paying these fines. Responding to ACDP MP Steve Swart on when these legislative changes can be expected, the minister explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has seen some delays.
Lamola explained that procedure, at present, provides for the admission of guilt in respect of the offense and for the payment of a stipulated fine without appearing in court. Once the fine is paid, it is considered that the citizen has been convicted and sentenced by the court for the relevant charge.
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