‘Corrupt’ UKZN staffer quits

2009-08-28 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Staff Union (UKSU) has refused to comment on the change of structures in the wake of the resignation of former chair Khetinkosi Mabaso.

Mabaso stepped down as UKSU’s chairman and a member of the university’s council representing support staff at the end of June after the university received a report of allegations of gross misconduct, among which was the hiring of three BMWs for his wedding at the university’s expense.

Mabaso worked in the university’s information and communication technology division.

In a communiqué last Friday, vice chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba told staff that Mabaso admitted the allegations and has co-operated fully when they were being investigated.

The UKSU executive referred the allegations to the university’s internal forensic auditors for investigation with the help the employee and labour relations office.

“In summary, Mabaso hired various motor vehicles from hire companies between July 2008 and April 2009, purportedly for university business, and in one instance for his personal wedding,” Makgoba wrote.

It was found that Mabaso drove the vehicles without a valid driver’s licence and in one instance was involved in a serious accident, which he failed to report to authorities.

According to Makgoba, Mabaso falsely implicated various staff members by implying that they had either requested or authorised the hire of the vehicles for him for university business.

In the case of his wedding, he falsely presented that they agreed to pay for the hire as a gift.

Among the list of people implicated were members of the university executive, the former UKSU chairperson, the Student Representative Council and other UKSU executive members.

Makgoba told a Durban newspaper that he had worked with Mabaso as a brother and son, adding that his initial response was one of shock and anger when he was confronted with these issues.

He said the university plans to recover the costs from Mabaso amounting to R140 000.

Mabaso resigned from his job with immediate effect, but Makgoba said the university reserves the right to institute criminal and civil proceedings against him.

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