Joburg COVID-19 certificate seller out on bail

2021-Aug-24   07:42

Joburg COVID-19 certificate seller out on bail
A City of Johannesburg employee who allegedly sold false negative COVID-19 certificates with negative results has been released on bail.

- Silver Sibiya

A City of Johannesburg employee who allegedly sold false negative COVID-19 certificates with negative results has been released on bail.

Skhumbuzo Manana (28) appeared at the Booysens Magistrate's Court on Monday and was granted R3000 bail.

Manana is charged with the Contravention of the Medicines and Related Activities Act, uttering (passing of false or forged documents), fraud and possession of suspected stolen goods.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, explained the arrest.

“His arrest stems from a complaint laid with Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) of the City of Johannesburg that Manana allegedly sold and issued Covid-19 negative certificates for an amount of R500,” she said.

Manana was arrested on Saturday outside his place of residence in Turffontein during a sting operation by members attached to the GFIS unit, working in close collaboration with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).

The case was postponed to 17 September 2021 for further investigations.

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