Fake UKZN course man denies he broke order

2014-02-21 00:00

A MAN previously interdicted from offering educational courses in the name of the University of KwaZulu-Natal has denied that he breached the court order.

The dispute between the university and a former student, Dumisani Maduna, has now been adjourned to a date to be arranged in the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Last month, UKZN asked the Pietermaritzburg high court to find Maduna in contempt of court and to send him to prison for 90 days for allegedly continuing to offer “winter school” and other educational courses to the public on a pretext that they were authorised, endorsed or supported by the university, and that enrolment in these courses would result in a university qualification. According to court papers, the university obtained an interdict against Maduna for the same conduct in March last year, but he “totally disregarded” it.

UKZN associate professor Jane Meyerowitz alleged in court papers that a woman, Purity Mpilo, was approached last October by someone who told her there was an opportunity to study to become a teacher earning R13 000 a month, despite her not having a matric certificate.

Mpilo in turn told a recruitment officer, Nompilo Ndlovu, about it and Ndlovu contacted Maduna to get clarity. He allegedly told her the course in question was a teacher’s training course and that she should pay R250 at Checkers and SMS him her details. She would then undergo a selection test and if selected she could undergo a “foundation course” at the university.

Meyerowitz also alleged that flyers, with Maduna’s cellphone number on them, had been distributed, promising people an opportunity to study at the university.

Maduna was given an opportunity by Acting Judge Piet Bezuidenhout to reply to the allegations.

In an affidavit before court yesterday, Maduna denied the allegations and said he believed he was the victim of a conspiracy. He said he had first enrolled at UKZN in 2002 to study Theology, and in 2005 he had been enrolled “for educational studies”.

He is currently enrolled at the Durban University of Technology, but as a “prominent student at UKZN” for more than 10 years, he is known to many as a UKZN student, he said.

Having grown up in a children’s home in a previously disadvantaged area, Maduna said he “had a dream to go back to these communities and to empower them socially and educationally”.

In 2005, he had formed a student organisation at UKZN, the Imbali Psycho-Social Community Youth Resources Centre. Maduna said the organisation was a registered non-profit organisation and a registered student organisation.

According to Maduna he was “surprised” when in 2011 the SRC president, Latha Dlamini, deemed the organisation to be “fraudulent”, and recommended to parents that they should not buy into a winter school programme that had been initiated.

“A parents committee was formed to look into it and no wrongdoing was found,” said Maduna.

Maduna said in his affidavit he believes he was the victim of a “conspiracy”.

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