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A steel worker was so desperate for a few days of leave that he forged a sick note from a doctor.
Unfortunately, the note was from his girlfriend's gynaecologist.
A packed courtroom erupted in gales of laughter when magistrate Bruno van Eeden yesterday told Charles Sibindana, 27, what field of medicine a gynaecologist specialised in.
He pointed out that a gynaecologist was a doctor who specialised only in women and their medical conditions.
Van Eeden found that he had submitted a false sick note to his company.
Sibindana was found guilty of fraud and given a three-year suspended sentence and a fine of R1000.
Half of the fine was payable yesterday and the balance was suspended for three years.
Earlier this month Sibindana, who is employed at a steel factory in Vereeniging, rushed his heavily pregnant girlfriend to a gynaecologist's room.
While the specialist was examining his girlfriend, Sibindana stole a blank sick note from the doctor's desk.
He filled out the form and forged the doctor's signature.
He "prescribed" seven days sick leave at home for himself as a patient, and submitted the note to his employer.
It is not known what his "gynaecological condition" was.
Sibindana pleaded guilty to the charges, claiming he did it out of desperation.
After his sentence, Sibindana remained standing in the dock, disconsolately shaking his head while the gallery mimicked his action behind him.
Maintaining his composure, Van Eeden told him not to commit such a foolish offence again.
The good news for Sibindana was that his girlfriend gave birth to a bouncing baby.
The bad news is that, aside from his sentence and criminal record, he also faces disciplinary action at his workplace.