Government says it is determined to flush out public servants who misrepresent their academic qualifications.
“Government would, in partnership with the Quality Councils and South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) ensure that scrutiny and verification of qualifications are rigorously applied to protect the credibility, integrity and reputation of employers from people who possess fake qualifications,” said Acting DG of the Department of Communications, Donald Liphoko.
This, as there is an increased reporting of fraudulent qualifications.
It’s been revealed South African ambassador to Japan Mohau Pheko, senior member of the governing ANC Pallo Jordan, and former SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala lied about their qualifications to get the job.
“The incidents of misrepresentation, which appear to be on the rise, will not be tolerated as they impact negatively on the reputation of the country, its institutions and the credibility of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF),” said Liphoko on Wednesday.
He said claiming qualifications that one does not have in the pursuit of employment opportunities using fake qualifications is fraudulent and a criminal offense.
“We would like to caution people who are embellishing their CVs with fraudulent academic qualifications that the government is committed to rooting out such behaviour,” Liphoko said on Tuesday.
He urged all government departments nationally, provincially and locally – as well as government entities to guard against employing people with misrepresentations in their CVs.
This will be done through the implementation of the public service regulations to deal decisively with applicants holding fraudulent qualifications.
South Africans are also are urged to be cognisant of unscrupulous higher education providers who are not registered with the Department of Higher Education and not accredited by official quality assurance bodies.
Liphoko also reiterated the call by Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, for the establishment of a national fraud register and the proposed strengthening of key pieces of legislation to address this fraudulent activity.
These interventions, he said, will serve to strengthen measures that the SAQA has already put in place to ensure a verification service for existing employees, prospective employees, and high level appointments.