E10 000 bribe man an impostor
BY MDUDUZI MAGAGULA
MBABANE – The man who claimed to have given E10 000 to an officer of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) as a bribe in exchange for a teaching post has been exposed as a liar.
For one, he had claimed that his name was Sipho Ndlovu when in fact, he is Vusi Nhlanhla Mhlanga.
Over the last two weeks, the Times SUNDAY has established that Mhlanga had a personal grudge against an officer in the Ministry of Education and Training. He then thought of a way to spite him and decide to claim he had given him E10 000 as a bribe.
After several days of dilly-dallying and procrastinating, he confessed that he had made up the story.
This was on Wednesday.
Mhlanga, admitted to having had a misunderstanding with the said officer who is not even employed by the TSC but in another department within the ministry.
In the initial interview before the story was published on May 27, 2012, Mhlanga told this reporter that he possessed a Diploma in Commerce from the University of Swaziland.’
This has also turned out to be false.
The Ministry of Education officer had denied the allegations, saying his accuser was just one of the people who harassed him as he did his job.
For two weeks, Mhlanga failed to produce his identity document or a passport to prove that he was indeed Sipho Ndlovu.
Last Tuesday, he came to the Times SUNDAY offices carrying a birth certificate, claiming he could not find his ID card at his home. He left, promising to bring the requested documents the following day.
On Wednesday, he visited our offices again at our invitation and was asked to produce his identity documents but he failed.
Instead he produced a tax document from the Income Tax department which he said should be considered as his true identity.
"My ID card will come out tomorrow from the Home Affairs department, as soon as it comes out I will bring it to you," he said
For the past two weeks, the Times SUNDAY has been asking him to produce the certificate in vain.
The University of Swaziland in a communication with the Ministry of Education said no one by the name of Sipho Ndlovu graduated at the institution with a Diploma in Commerce in 2007.
Ndlovu produced a new laminated birth certificate. When asked about the documents he was asked to bring he gave contrasting information.
At first, he said they were at Fontotje but later turned around to say they were in Nhlangano.
He then asked to be allowed to bring the certificate on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, he showed up late in the evening but still could not come with the certificate.
When he came back on Thursday, he said he was ready to tell the truth. He produced his identity card, which bore the name Vusi Mhlanga and bore his picture.
He said he had lied about the Ministry of Education officer because the latter had allegedly stolen his girlfriend.
Other allegations he made will not be repeated.
"I now want to admit that I lied," he said. However, I was forced by the situation to do so. This man has destroyed my life and I also wanted to destroy him. In fact, I will not rest until I get my revenge for what he did to me and my family."
The name of the officer in question was not mentioned in the initial story because Mhlanga – then calling himself Ndlovu – had failed to produce enough proof of his claims.
His identity is still withheld because it has now been proven that the allegations against him were a figment of Mhlanga’s imagination.
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