29 May 2013 11:00
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - Deputy Prisons Commissioner Tuhafeni Hangula, who is charged with alleged fraud over the authenticity of his school certificate, is scheduled to make another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The deputy commissioner, who faces charges of fraud, forgery and uttering, previously appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Ruth Herunga on 30 April this year.
His case was remanded until 30 May this year, in order to allow the Office of the Prosecutor-General to pronounce itself on the matter.
Hangula is free on bail of N.dollars 2 000, and his bail was also extended until his next court appearance. He is being represented by Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje.
Public Prosecutor Arrie Husselman earlier handled the State's case.
The charges levelled against the 44-year-old Hangula stem from allegations that the Standard 10 (Grade 12) school certificate which the deputy commissioner has been using is not genuine.
According to media reports, Hangula testified about this issue in the High Court in Windhoek in October last year, during a trial on a defamation claim he had instituted against a weekly newspaper about an article that did not deal with his school qualifications.
Documents placed before the court in that trial indicated that the correctness of Hangula?s Standard 10 certificate was confirmed in a letter which was signed by an official in the then Ministry of Education and Culture in April 1995.
However, in a letter which the Ministry of Education?s Director of National Examinations and Assessment, Charles Nyambe, wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman in March 2011, it was stated that it was established with a subsequent investigation of records in the Education Ministry that Hangula?s school certificate was not genuine.
Hangula also testified during the hearing of his defamation claim that he was employed in the public service before Namibia attained independence, on the basis of the Standard 8 (Grade 10) qualification which he had at that time.
However, Hangula has continued to improve his academic qualifications in spite of questions about the validity of his school certificate over the past few years.
He graduated at the Polytechnic of Namibia with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Correctional Management) degree last year (2012).
A decision taken by the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa on Hangula's prosecution will be announced in court on Thursday.