varsity dismiss claims

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Officials at the Mangosuthu University of Technology yesterday dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that the institution's vice chancellor and principal, Mseshi Ndlovu, has resigned after the completion of a fraud and corruption investigation involving more than R1,67million.

Concerned staff and students at the university revealed yesterday that the institution has been the subject of a high-level independent probe that allegedly led to Ndlovu "handing in his letter of resignation".

The university has in recent months attracted headlines after protests by parents and students calling for Ndlovu's resignation and the reinstatement of several students suspended after being accused of stirring up violence.

The suspensions came after a month-long strike in February during which it was demanded that the institution provide quality education.

Insiders at the institution told Sowetan that auditors from a leading auditing firm were commissioned by "internal whistleblowers" and "university intelligence" to probe the financial status of the institution.

They also said inspectors from the Department of Labour paid visits to the institution.

"We know that Ndlovu handed in his resignation just before the auditors came," an informant said.

"This institution is of bankrupt and certain staff members have not been paid for months."

University spokesman Sanele Zondi dismissed the resignation allegations, saying there was "no resignation from Ndlovu".

"It is not true that our vice chancellor and principal has resigned," Zondi said. "We are sick and tired of people spreading malicious rumours about the institution."

Zondi said the audit by KPMG was a normal process for the institution.

"This audit is done every year and is to be finalised in June. It is not being done because there is something wrong at the institution."