A nurse working at the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) in Bulawayo was arrested and convicted for forging an Ordinary Level certificate.
Rutendo Matope of Harare was hauled before Bulawayo regional magistrate Lesigo Ngwenya and sentenced to 12 months in prison.
However, the magistrate suspended two months from the sentence while the remaining ten months were commuted to 350 hours of community service at Yemurai primary school in Harare.
According to State prosecutor Leonard Tshile:
… on a date unknown to the State but sometime in September 2014 at Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Matope unlawfully and with intent to gain employment and admission of learning, presented forged ordinary “O” level certificates to a prospective employer at Chitungwiza Central Hospital knowing that there is a real risk or possibility that the certificate was forged.
On the 27th of May 2019 at around 1000 hours, the complainant was approached by members of the Public Service Commission wanting to check her Zim Sec Ordinary level certificate.
The accused’s O’ level was checked and her name did not appear in the system. It was discovered that it was forged.
Magistrate Ngwenya was “lenient” as he considered that Matope had lost her job and was a mother to two minor children.