It’s not yet over for UKZN’s Makgoba

2012-06-14 00:00

THE former head of finance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Kanthan Pillay, says he intends approaching the high court to have the university council’s decision not to take action against vice-chancellor Professor Malegapuru Makgoba set aside.

Naidoo said he was dissatisfied with how his complaint that Makgoba had lied under oath in a criminal trial in 2009 had been handled. He said his concerns were never responded to.

On Tuesday the university said no action would be taken against Makgoba regarding the perjury allegations.

“My intention is to bring a high court application against the chair and vice chair of council and university to set aside the council decision on the basis that it has failed in its duty as an employer to properly investigate the conduct of its employee, the Vice-Chancellor, like it does for all other allegations levelled against other employees.”

Yesterday the university published an advertorial in certain newspapers headed “An Open Letter from the Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal” and signed by the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the council, Mac Mia and Phumla Mnganga, respectively.

It said the council had appointed an independent senior counsel, advocate Jean Marais, to investigate the allegations against Makgoba.

“We’re confident that Professor Malegapuru Makgoba will continue to lead the University of KwaZulu-Natal to strive for excellence with integrity and accountability,” the letter read.

Pillay said it was not known how the council had arrived at its decision.

“It is not clear from the communiqué whether advocate Marais conducted a full investigation or provided an opinion on the papers,” he said, adding that Marais’ terms of reference were unknown.

Pillay said that neither he nor Thahir Pillay had been called to give evidence to Marais. Makgoba was alleged to have lied about supervising Thahir Pillay’ PhD.

Attempts to get comment from Makgoba were unsuccessful.

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