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A LECTURER at the University of Venda accused of charging students hundreds of rands to pass their degrees will be investigated.
Victims have told university authorities that they were victimised because they did not want to align themselves with a "corrupt demand".
Students said they were failed because they did not pay their lecturer or accede to his demands for sexual favours.
The lecturer, who is attached to the law faculty and whose name is known to Sowetan, allegedly made extra cash from students whom he had threatened to fail if they did not pay to get better marks.
According to the victims they were phoned by the lecturer, who told them that he was marking their scripts and that if they wanted to pass they had to pay R2 000.
It is alleged that the lecturer made about R20000 by making students his cash cows.
Victims said the management should investigate the alteration of marks in the department because some students had passed because they paid.
An alleged victim, who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, said he was called by the lecturer and told that he had to pay R2000 to pass his course.
The victim said he failed after he was told that he would. His final marks were what the lecturer had indicated.
Another source told Sowetan that the lecturer told her to act like a woman if she wanted to get her degree or she would end up studying forever.
"He phoned me in December and told me that he had my script and I should come so that he could mark it with me.
"I told him I was sick, and he said to me, 'come to my house and act like a woman, you will pass your degree'," the student said.
Victims said they were forced to re-register for courses because they were also denied remarking.
The university confirmed that it had received complaints about the lecturer.
University legal adviser Dr Nanga Lidovho said they were going to investigate the claims and make recommendations.
"The integrity of the institution is not going to be compromised by the corrupt behavior of a staff member.
"We don't stand by corrupt officials," Lidovho said.