Niehaus: Yet more lies on CV

2009-02-18 00:00

Pretoria - Carl Niehaus's lies seem to know no end.

He never obtained a BA degree summa cum laude at Wits University in 1983 as stated on his CV.

"We can confirm that he was enrolled at the university, but he never graduated," Shirona Patel, a spokeswoman for the university, said yesterday.

This comes after Beeld revealed yesterday that Niehaus never, as he also claimed, obtained a doctorate or a master's degree in theology at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The CV on his website, which was suddenly removed from the Internet yesterday, is littered with lies and misrepresentations.

At the time of publishing Niehaus was not available for comment.

According to his CV, he currently serves on several boards, including those of the South African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Civirello Pty (Ltd), the Nederlandse Maatschappij der Letteren and the Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging (Afrikaans writers' association). The CV stated that Niehaus was also on the board of the President's Awards for Young Achievers and that he chairs the finance committee of the South African Council of Churches (SACC).

These claims are all false.

Beeld established that the Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging doesn't even have an executive board. "We categorically deny that he has ever served on our executive. On two occasions between 2000 and 2002 Carl was our guest speaker. But that's all," said Willem Fransman jnr, the association's national chairman.

Niehaus's last involvement with the SACC was in 2006, said secretary-general Eddie Makue.

Dr Leo van Maris of the Nederlandse Maatschappij der Letteren said Niehaus never served on the executive and that his membership expired before 2007.

A spokesperson for the SA Netherlands Chamber of Commerce denied that Niehaus is currently serving on their board.

According to the registrar of companies, there is no record of a South African company called Civirello Pty (Ltd). An Internet search also yielded no results.

The President's Awards for Young Achievers also doesn't seem to exist. NeitherÊpresidential spokesman, Thabo Masebe, nor the South African Youth Commission is familiar with the awards. A Google search yielded three results - in Ireland, Malaysia and on Niehaus's website.

A spokesman for the Kanselarij der Nederlandse Orden in Den Haag confirmed to Leopold Scholtz that Niehaus was indeed knighted by Queen Beatrix with the Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. However, he did not receive this honour "based on his personal merit, but because of his position as ambassador (in the Netherlands".

Yesterday The Star reported that Cheryl Clur, owner of the Let's Travel travel agency in East London, said that Niehaus had defrauded her by convincing her to organise him a free holiday in Mauritius.

He told her he had leukaemia and that he needed to recover after receiving chemotherapy. She lost R90 000.

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