Parliament – The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has so far identified 1 276 fake academic qualifications, with some of the cases already having been handed over to authorities for possible prosecution, Cabinet announced on Thursday.

Briefing journalists following Wednesday's fortnightly cabinet briefing, Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe said government was hard at work securing the credibility of qualifications and South Africa's higher education system.

"The announcement by the minister of higher education and training on action to be taken against holders of fake qualifications, including prosecuting and publicly naming and shaming them, will contribute to ending the growing prevalance of qualification forgeries," said Radebe.

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"As at the end of January 2017, a total of 1 276 qualifications (444 national and 832 foreign qualifications) were recorded on SAQA's list of misrepresented qualifications, with 78 affidavits completed for handover to the Hawks for prosecutions."

The names of holders of fake qualifications would also be registered on SAQA's website.