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No qualifications crisis in SA: SAQA

By Kgothatso Madisa | Aug 18, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

South Africa does not have a fake qualifications crisis; this is according to the CEO of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Joe Samuels.

Samuels explained that according to the number of qualification verifications they conduct annually, he would not say the country is facing a crisis.

“We have already done something like 12 000 qualifications verifications [in 2014] and out of that, we found that 66 qualifications were fraudulent. That represents roughly 0.6% of what comes to us,” explained Samuels.

This comes after a growing concern at fraudulent qualifications in the country following the resignation of ANC MP Pallo Jordan after it was revealed that his PhD qualification was a fake.

Samuels stated that although the country was not facing a ‘qualification crisis’ the number of companies who are not verifying the authenticity of their employees’ degrees was worrying.

“Misrepresentation is fraud, and where we become aware of it, we tell the employers but we also inform the police about it” he said.

“The key crisis, I think that we are facing, is that not enough companies are checking the qualifications that people present to them,” he said.

However Samuel added that in companies where employees know that SAQA will be used to verify qualifications, people do not normally misrepresent.

“In the case of parliament, MP’s do not have a specific qualification that will qualify them for the work that they do, so in that particular case it is up to the individual not to misrepresent their qualification,” explained Samuels.

According to Samuels, SAQA have all the qualifications information from 1992 onwards but information prior to 1992 is a bit difficult to track down.


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Xhosas only

Aug 18, 2014 2:37 | 1 replies
Aug 18, 2014 2:54 | 0 replies


There is a lot hiding with fake qualifications. Just that we don't know them yet.

Aug 18, 2014 2:40 | 0 replies


did the SABC CEO says he has matric or did he submit the fake qualifications???

Aug 18, 2014 2:44 | 1 replies


He is not a Zulu, we don't know. Zulus don't lie about their qualifications. A good example here is Jacob Zuma. He came out clean and told us he has standard 2 (Grade 4).

Aug 18, 2014 2:48 | 3 replies


well said "truth will set you free"

Aug 18, 2014 2:53 | 0 replies


clean???? Ja sure.

Aug 18, 2014 2:54 | 0 replies


A child was ask these questions

Q. where are the Zulus

R. in the taxi rank

Q. where are the Shangaans

R. eGiyani

Q. where are the Xhosas

R. eParliament

Is this how we qualify for Parliament duties

Aug 18, 2014 3:3 | 1 replies


Where are the tswanas? e Capital Inn

Aug 19, 2014 7:23 | 0 replies


This twaddle called 'DANDAN' once bragged about knowing politics. Now here comes this horseman with tribalism. F@CKING sh$t-man who cant even control wis wife and kids.

Aug 18, 2014 2:48 | 2 replies


He is seeking for attention

Aug 18, 2014 2:55 | 0 replies


this isnt politics bru its moral decay, sabc -ceo , sanral chair, ndpp etc are nt in political arena , ist wrong to say they are xhosas

Aug 18, 2014 3:9 | 0 replies


That's the qualifications that come to you for verification. Problem is, the largest employer in SA, government, do not do the checks that private firms do. If a private firm is slack with verifications, that's their loss. If government is slack with verifications, that's OUR (taxpayer) loss.

Aug 18, 2014 2:55 | 3 replies


really , I hope not , what about the candidate that was fit and proper for the job

Aug 18, 2014 3:5 | 0 replies


Oldlady. If a Standard2 old man can take the whole country for a ride, who needs a tertiary education?

Aug 18, 2014 3:13 | 0 replies


OL, bang on.

Aug 18, 2014 3:21 | 0 replies


Infact Pallo Jordan deserve an honorary degree, compared to Zumaz and Ramaphosas of this f@cked country of ours. The guy is humble and brilliant compared to Mr.CONSPIRACY called Manteshe.

Aug 18, 2014 3:5 | 2 replies


As far as I know political portfolios dont need basic qualifications in SA, thats the reasons Dr Mamphele was nt wanted , ok

Aug 18, 2014 3:17 | 0 replies


He deserves to go to court for fraud and corruption, he lied to the country for years....and made a fortune from doing so

Aug 18, 2014 4:10 | 0 replies


Most Zulus are buying fake drivers licence to drive taxis

Aug 18, 2014 3:9 | 1 replies


Mzhovekahle. What is all about this drivel of tribalism being spewed by you guys? Everybody is corrupt one way or another. Even if you cheat to your partner, that is tartamount to being corrupt. Even a 2-year old kid would steal a cookie and deny when questioned. Everybody in this f@cking world is corrupt, but SA takes the cake.

Aug 18, 2014 3:29 | 0 replies


Then how do you explain this?

Aug 18, 2014 4:7 | 0 replies
Aug 18, 2014 4:7 | 0 replies


This has nothing to do with race, there was a shop in PTA that used to sell, Diploma and degrees from TUT until private companies became aware of it was closed down, so any one from any race can misrepresent themselves given the opportunity

Aug 18, 2014 4:59 | 0 replies