Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

A caretaker administrator is expected to be appointed next week to head Mangosuthu University of Technology while a financial mismanagement probe against suspended vice-chancellor Professor Aaron Ndlovu is continuing.

The forensic investigation into the affairs of Ndlovu is set to be concluded in March.

Mangosuthu council deputy chairman Judge Jerome Ngwenya yesterday said the people appointed to conduct the investigation will resume their work at the beginning of next month.

"The investigators will present their findings to the council for a decision," said Ngwenya.

In the meantime, Ngwenya said a caretaker administrator would be appointed by next week to head the university while the forensic investigation gets under way.

Ndlovu was suspended last month on the recommendations of independent assessor Vincent Maphai which found irregularities at the University, including:

l that the council had allowed Ndlovu to create a culture on the Umlazi campus of a well-articulated fear of injustice, acts of retribution and victimisation;

l there was significant transgression of individual rights at the institution;

l favouritism and non-procedural promotions and appointments;

l intimidation of dissenting staff and curtailment of academic freedom;

l inconsistency in implementing procedures and in decision-making.

Ndlovu had before his suspension in December been forced to take leave in August last year pending the finalisation of Maphai's probe, on education minister Naledi Pandor's directive.

Ndlovu is, however, not sitting at home and watching while other people are deciding his future.

He is expected to meet the university in court tomorrow in an attempt to force the institution to buy him a brand new 4x4 Nissan Navara and to cash in his annual leave.

He also wants the Jaguar allocated to him by the council to be sold to him at 10 percent less than the original residual value.

The university was served with a summons from Ndlovu's lawyers last week.

The 10-day notice expires tomorrow. The university is standing its ground, saying they will contest the demand.

Ngwenya said they will not give into Ndlovu's demands and will defend the matter in court.

"We do not owe him any leave payout. He changed the policies.

"According to the university policies he cannot be sold a vehicle at 10 percent less than the residual value. He can only change his car after four years and not three," said Ngwenya.

Attempts to get comment from Ndlovu were unsuccessful.