Madonsela asked to probe varsity
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela has been asked to investigate the maladministration, poor governance and irregular and unprofessional conduct of both the council and executive management of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
On Wednesday Madonsela's office received an enquiry from Kamal Panday, an alumni of the institution, saying he does not want the university's reputation to be destroyed.
Panday asked Madonsela to investigate following perjury accusations against vice-chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba.
The university said they could only comment later.
Makgoba's matter relates to a corruption case against the university's former dean of management studies, Pumela Msweli-Mbanga, who was accused of taking money from a junior lecturer, Nobubele Potwana, to help her obtain her doctoral degree, when she was Potwana's supervisor.
The perjury allegedly occurred when Makgoba testified in court on the matter.
Kanthan Pillay, UKZN's former chief financial officer who was sacked in 2008 following a breach of trust, recently accused Makgoba of perjury.
He said while testifying in the Potwana matter Makgoba lied to the court about his role in supervising the thesis of a doctoral student TS Pillay.
Yesterday Panday said: "When Naledi Pandor was minister of education I wrote to her but never got a response.
"I am not sure if someone is trying to sweep the matter under the carpet or it is just laziness. These are serious allegations and the public protector has to intervene."
Some of the issues that Panday highlights in his letter to Madonsela include plagiarism, irregular staff appointments and promotions and racism.
He wrote: "The personal relationship of professor Makgoba with Nomondi Mbade, the current executive director of corporate relations and his role in her appointment as well as its influence on the way she has openly sought to discredit professors PS and TS Pillay in recent media reports notwithstanding that the matter was sub judice. Is this already not an indication of the bias of the institution and the outcome?"
Madonsela's office confirmed they had received Panday's letter and were assessing it for jurisdiction and to establish whether there is merit to the claims.
It is only after this process that she will decide whether to investigate or not. - email@example.com