No need to act on VC, rules UKZN

2012-06-13 00:00

THE council at the University of KwaZulu-Natal said yesterday it was not necessary to take action against vice chancellor Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

This follows accusations of perjury made by Dr Kanthan Pillay, a former deputy vice-chancellor and head of the College of Health Sciences at the UKZN, during court proceedings in 2009.

“At a meeting held on Monday the council received and considered the opinion and decided it was not necessary to take any action against Professor Makgoba,” a university statement read.

The university’s spokesperson, Indu Moodley, said the university had appointed an independent senior counsel, advocate Jean Marias, who was brought on board to offer an opinion to the council.

The perjury accusation stems from a corruption case against the university’s former dean of management studies, Pumela Msweli-Mbanga. During the court case Makgoba is alleged to have lied about his role in supervising the thesis of a doctoral student.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is still assessing the claims levelled against Makgoba, her office said yesterday.

The Witness reported a fortnight ago that the Concerned Citizens Group of the UKZN, a coalition of academics, doctors and lawyers, had called for an independent body to be appointed to investigate the perjury charges against Makgoba.

It also called for an in-depth investigation into the alleged maladministration, spending and disappearance of millions of rands from donor funds at the university.

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