COPE to charge Mtimkulu with fraud

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 20, 2015

The Congress of the People (Cope) has announced that it will be laying fraud charges against suspended Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Head of Engineering, Daniel Mtimkulu, after it was last week discovered that no indication of him obtaining a PhD from a German university could be found.

Speaking in a statement, Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem, said Mtimkulu, who was responsible for the designing of the controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, had “unduly and unlawfully” benefitted from his appointment without the correct qualifications, and that the deal is likely to have long term consequences for the embattled operator, who fired its CEO Lucky Montana the day before.

“Fraudulent misrepresentation of qualifications damage state institutions and can cause serious harm to citizens through structures collapsing. Too many people in the public service have lied about their qualifications,” Bloem said.

“They remain undetected for a prolonged period of time and that shows a failure on the part of government. Those who head parastatals should be charged for dereliction of duty for not satisfying themselves on the validity of claimed qualifications”.

Earlier this month, Afrikaans newspaper Beeld reported that Mtimkulu had his application as a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) rejected in 2006 due to inadequate qualification requirements, and that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) could not find any indication that he studied towards or graduated with a degree in engineering as claimed on his CV.

“The ruling party in the last few years has frequently opted to negotiate a golden handshake, involving millions of rand to buy the silence of board member or state employee. This is unacceptable. The state has shied away from prosecution in open court or disciplinary action in order to hide the truth from the public,” Bloem said.

 

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