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Suspected forger up for theft


LUPANE  —  A 34-year-old woman who initially got a job at Kusile Rural District Council (RDC), but later got employed as a finance clerk by the Lupane Town Local Board, is alleged to have forged her Ordinary Level qualifications to land the job where she reportedly stole $304, resident magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba heard last week.

Report by Silas Nkala, Staff Reporter

However, the accused, Nobuhle Nyathi, was not asked to plead to forgery charges. The court remanded her to October 18 on $100 bail.

The State, led by Sanders Sibanda, alleged that on October 17, 2007 Nyathi applied for the post of receptionist at Kusile RDC and allegedly presented a forged “O” Level certificate to the prospective employer. On November 11 the same year, she got the job on the basis of that certificate.

Nyathi later got another job at the Lupane Local Town Board using the same alleged fake qualification where she worked as a finance clerk. Between February 1 and July 30 this year, Nyathi received various amounts of money from council clients, but  allegedly converted the money to her own use.

The local board officials later discovered that she was allegedly stealing the money and a report was made to the police, leading to her arrest. At least $314 was allegedly stolen and nothing was recovered.

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