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Fake qualifications undermine education system: Nzimande

By Sapa | Aug 14, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 156 ]

Qualifications fraud poses a danger to the credibility of the country's education system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"Unless employers, institutions and citizens can feel confident that individuals have earned the qualifications that they purport to have, the entire system will lose legitimacy," Nzimande said in a statement.

"Even the qualifications of those who have obtained them legitimately will be treated with suspicion, and this is unfair to all those who have genuinely worked to acquire such qualifications."

Nzimande said the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has noted increasing fraudulent activity, not only with regard to qualifications, but even with regard to its own certificates evaluating foreign qualifications.

"Unscrupulous individuals were willing to pay for false qualifications, and have no shame in producing these to support their CVs when applying for jobs, even in our educational institutions."

He said SAQA was putting in place a variety of processes to strengthen the security of its certificates.

SAQA was also developing internal capacity to identify fraudulent foreign qualifications more effectively, he said.

Fraudulent qualification documents range in quality from poor copies of legitimate qualifications to high-quality forgeries that are very difficult to differentiate from the original, he said.

On Monday, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in a statement that party stalwart Pallo Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ANC after reports that his qualifications were false.

Jordan had also offered to resign from the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC.

Nzimande said he was concerned at the casual manner with which some people treated the issue of forged or fake qualifications and CVs.

"I also plan to engage the criminal justice system on these matters so that there is an appreciation of their seriousness," he said.

COMMENTS [ 156 ]

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Ne, Bra Blade! You don't say. So when is your boss going to start weeding out all the frauds in government?

Aug 14, 2014 7:16 | 2 replies


Good morning oom Robbie. Why did you call Katakata a stubborn mule yesterday? SMH.

Aug 14, 2014 7:18 | 1 replies


If you'd followed the thread you should know. I don't store all my interactions with foolish people, but I think it went about his insisting, over and over, that eating spoiled (expired) meat etc. is just fine and not bad for one's health at all.

Aug 14, 2014 7:26 | 2 replies


Sorry, how rude of me....... Good Morning to you.

Aug 14, 2014 7:27 | 0 replies


LOL. I only saw that altercation when I got home. I couldn't stop laughing. He wanted to eat spoiled meat? LOL You guys!! SMH.

Aug 14, 2014 7:30 | 1 replies


Kept insisting that he did all the time. Would not accept that animals and humans have differing sets of enzymes present in their systems.

Aug 14, 2014 7:36 | 0 replies


Blade and his hoodlums must think we were born yesterday. How many are holding ministerial portfolios without necessary qualifications. Running govt depts is different than running MaKhumalo's spaza shop. The rot started at the top.

Aug 14, 2014 8:59 | 0 replies


Niggerratti please!! How many times have people been opposed and being protected by the movement?

Aug 14, 2014 7:17 | 0 replies

maneater the frogface is kicking his own comrade while he is down!

Aug 14, 2014 7:21 | 1 replies


But that's mos how those disgusting hypocrites roll, isn't it?

Aug 14, 2014 7:28 | 0 replies


Bra D@rkie is on point but still owe us an explanation of a black plastic bag that went missing,th!ef!

Aug 14, 2014 7:28 | 2 replies


Good morning mfanakithi. How are you today? Let me ask you again, where is snowie? haha

Aug 14, 2014 7:31 | 1 replies


Morning good and you, it's been a while I don't talk to her, I saw you yesterday flirting with ruralgirl.

Aug 14, 2014 7:34 | 1 replies


LOL. I wasn't flirting with her. montlenyane started all that. You have me under the microscope ne? Haha

Aug 14, 2014 7:41 | 1 replies


Yeah I'm watching you :)

Aug 14, 2014 8:9 | 1 replies


Lahlela amaverse amabili ngale ku article yamakholwa.

Aug 14, 2014 8:11 | 1 replies


Yeah, thats where he belongs, Liars' article

Aug 14, 2014 9:1 | 0 replies


Blade IS on point with this comment. People need to take these fake qualifications thing seriously.

Aug 14, 2014 9:5 | 0 replies


Is Blunt saying that the South African Qualifications Authority is compromised and their certificates are bought? Is there nothing that isn't for sale in SA?

Aug 14, 2014 7:54 | 0 replies


lots of online Universities offering MBAs and their enrollment procedures very questionable.

Aug 14, 2014 7:55 | 0 replies


Unscrupulous individuals were willing to pay for false qualifications, and have no shame in producing these to support their CVs when applying for jobs, even in our educational xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxWhy are they buying false qualifications if they will be ashamed to produce them in their CVs

Aug 14, 2014 7:58 | 0 replies


What about cheating at the FET colleges,Technikons and Varsities...batho ba kopa can get a real question paper as it is days before exam...

Aug 14, 2014 7:59 | 0 replies


true Lamolath.....No wonder some companies especially private sector wants a recognized University meaning they know such acts are common with the rest of Technikons and other Universities eg Monash.

Aug 14, 2014 8:9 | 0 replies


Fake communist Blade Emmanuel Nzimande, your PhD in verbal diarrhea also undermines our education system. Until your Mickey Mouse SACP wins the elections, you remain a useless and clueless Johnny Walker Blue sipping parasite.

Aug 14, 2014 8:9 | 1 replies


Mthimbana dnt be immotional of the news and the family loves you.

Aug 14, 2014 8:18 | 3 replies
Aug 14, 2014 8:20 | 0 replies


Mokwepa write in English dude so that I can understand

Aug 14, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies


Dont forget you are from Swaziland giveus a space to decide for our country dont we must be ruled by your white masters

Aug 14, 2014 8:36 | 3 replies


And you are from DRC Congo, flipping goat herding moron. Give us some space too

Aug 14, 2014 8:38 | 0 replies


yeah but dnt be immotional...people die steps when coming to news

Aug 14, 2014 8:40 | 1 replies


Mokwepa please man this is not whatsapp or BBM, write in a manner that will enable me to understand.

Aug 14, 2014 8:45 | 0 replies


What are you talking about?

Aug 14, 2014 8:40 | 1 replies


hey leave black people alone can't you they are you see talking stup!d madala y dont u just switch to news.24 then maybe u will find your rac!st friends d!ck

Aug 14, 2014 9:14 | 3 replies
Aug 14, 2014 9:33 | 0 replies


cant you see they are talking


Aug 14, 2014 9:34 | 0 replies



Aug 14, 2014 9:49 | 0 replies


Mokwepa, spell-check 'immotional'. Dandan- Since you left the IFP, you seem to have developed a big mouth-piece for the ANC. BTW, how is your former cretin leader gatsha these days????

Aug 14, 2014 9:5 | 1 replies


Heyi Skwama, leNkatha uDandahead nomnganyana wakhe uMgwiji bebangihlaneyele last week bengitshela ukuthinuMswati uyangifuna. Noma ngizitshela leziqhaza ukuthi angikaze ngikubhade eSwazini ngakhulela eVaal asifuni ukuzwa lutho

Aug 14, 2014 9:39 | 0 replies


Pallo did not have PhD but had enormous political brains, and this guy has PhD with no brains. Funny how formal education is used as a tool to undermine intellects's intelligence and also use to glorify idiots.

Aug 14, 2014 8:12 | 3 replies


Ummm can we actually be sure about the qualifications ?

Aug 14, 2014 8:24 | 0 replies


brains when contradicing the very same organisation of yours, creating disrepute

Aug 14, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies


What are you saying kodwa wena? Bhala ngesiZulu maaaan uyeke ukubheda. Kuyabonakala ukuthi uphume ngefasitela esikoleni :)

Aug 14, 2014 8:40 | 2 replies


go back to swaziland , SA wont be under your whites

Aug 14, 2014 8:51 | 1 replies


Fusega wena. Ubuyele esikoleni. Nomntwana ka Phindangene uyakufuna kwinkatha mbuzindini :)

Aug 14, 2014 9:41 | 0 replies


Thiza-LOVL. Emsinga azange baye esikoleni, they were chasing g.oats and cars, with no trousers on. He claims to have university education but his correspondence says otherwise

Aug 14, 2014 9:8 | 1 replies


LOVL :). Ugrand Nkalakatha?

Aug 14, 2014 9:42 | 0 replies


Qualifications says less about the person than the ideas that he or she has been exposed to. For example, clearly Zuma is really good at getting people to do what he wants, but because he has not been exposed to Plato and probably doesn't even know who Democratus was, he has no idea what to do with this political power.

He doesn't seem to understand the basic ideas behind a constitutional democracy and instead sees himself as some kind of king, perfectly entitled to use public funds for the enrichment of him and his family.

Aug 14, 2014 10:9 | 1 replies


Malome Shades, you know that King or Nduna mentality irritate me very much especially when the children think they are Princes and Princess of South Africa.

Aug 14, 2014 11:56 | 0 replies