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TEACHER RUNS TO COURT, DISPUTES DATE OF BIRTH

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MBABANE – A teacher of Mponono Primary School is disputing her date of birth as captured in government’s database.


Thuli Mthethwa has since taken the Ministry of Public Service and the Teaching Service Commission  (TSC) to court where she is seeking an order compelling them to amend the date of birth in her personal employment file.


She contended that her date of birth was not June 13, 1972 as it reflected on the TSC’s database.
Mthethwa claimed that her correct date of birth was March 23, 1974.


“I never submitted a certificate of birth which reflects that I was born on June 13, 1972 and none exist,” she stated.
In her application, she stated that the Ministry of Public Service was refusing to correct an error of recording her date of birth wrongly on her file, official documents and government database.


She told the court that she was employed by the commission as a teacher on permanent basis and was stationed at Mponono Primary School. Mthethwa alleged that she joined the teaching service during the year 1996 and was employed by the TSC sometime in February 1997.
She mentioned that before this date she had been engaged as a temporary teacher at Dwalile Central Primary School.
According to the applicant (Mthethwa), when she was employed, she submitted an authentic copy of her birth certificate.


The applicant told the court that in June 2015, the Ministry of Public Service conducted a skills audit exercise which entailed the assessment of all employees. She alleged that this was done with a view of ascertaining the propriety and authenticity of their (civil servants) respective skills, which they professed to possess.

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