Five held for Unisa exam theft

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Johannesburg - Five men have been arrested for allegedly stealing exam papers from the University of SA's (Unisa) Pretoria campus, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the five men were arrested on Tuesday.

"We were following up on information about exam papers being sold [when we made the arrests]."

The men were believed to be students and tutors at private colleges in Pretoria.

They would face charges of possession of suspected stolen property.

Ramaloko said it was possible that the men could also be charged with fraud.

They will appear in Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela confirmed the arrests.

"The police found a total of nine different exam papers on the suspects, but at this stage we are not at liberty to disclose these subjects, as they are part of an ongoing and sensitive investigation."

He said the integrity of the Unisa examinations remained intact.

An internal investigation into the matter was underway, and Unisa would "take appropriate steps".

According to a report in The Times, a lecturer, who asked not to be named, said the exams would need to be reset.

"This will be tedious, especially if it is for third, fourth and exit year students, because the setting and marking of exam papers involves external modulators," he was quoted as saying.


- SAPA

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