Five held for Unisa exam theft

2012-10-31 11:31

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.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 11:41

    It is my understanding that these 5 individuals were in fact students at Unisa and that 3 of them are Zimbabweans (this according to Jacaranda news at 7:00 this morning). My question is, how is it that Zimbabweans can have the benefit of studing at SA's finest, but our whites cannot get in?

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-10-31 12:18

      I study with UNISA and as far as I know UNISA does not have any racial or nationality policy on enrolments.You get enrolled as long as you have the money and academic qualifications required.,infact at the S.African UNISA examination centre I use the only S.Africans there are mostly whites with the rest being Zimbabweans.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 12:26

      Sunshine It is easy to get into UNISA. Get your university pass and apply.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 12:27

      Stop spouting crap and do some research before putting finger to keyboard

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 12:29

      And who are "our whites". Please exclude me from your warped family

      Andrea - 2012-10-31 14:25

      Oh dear, James, you need to get a life beyond your keyboard!

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 14:32

      Oh dear, andrea, you need to get an education. BTW your racist side is showing

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 14:34

      so old school, bloemfontein style

      Msika - 2012-10-31 15:36

      LOL!! Give james.whyte.104 an Honours degree from UNISA(if he doesn't have it already), and give Andrea a South African Matric certificate.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 16:21

      See below

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-31 11:51

    I don't blame them.December is just around the corner and everybody can do with a little bit of extra cash to spend. The government taught us to steal and they are good at it by stealing taxpayer's monies left,right and center.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-31 13:12

      "I was taught that it is better to ask than to steal" (A common sign held at intersections) - Well then, ask for the exam papers

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-31 13:43

      The students were all studying politics. This particular test was "anc politics 101" All 5 students are expected to get a "A".

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-31 11:53

    @Andrea, I highly doubt that UNISA can be classified as "SA's finest".

      Andrea - 2012-10-31 12:11

      It was tongue in cheek, nothing of ours can be regarded as fine anymore.

      makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-31 12:12

      dude if Unisa falls under the top ten of South Africa's best universities then it simply means it is SA's finest. Where do you live? geez.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 12:42

      @alain from the SAICA website "Olivier says that despite the significant decrease in the number of first-time entrants from distance learning universities, the University of South Africa (UNISA) produced 291 passes, the highest number of passes overall." suck on it

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-31 12:43

      Alain, UNISA is one of the university in South Africa with the highest international accreditation standards, in the country. Maybe you should go there and finish your education.

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-31 13:15

      @james.whyte.104, point taken. I have'nt personally studied at UNISA but I've heard numerous complaints about the institution. Olivier made a distinct in that statement, he was referring to distance learning institutions and not traditional universities. Anyway you seem like a proud UNISA graduate. Anyone can get in there.

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-31 13:16

      @FenderBender, don't make assumptions about my education buddy.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 14:54

      That I am. A proud UNISA graduate, 2 degrees, and a honours degree. Passed the board exam first time round. Now studying B.Sc Physics and Maths. All things being equal I will choose a UNISA graduate over most universities. We work hard and figure sh@t out for ourselves. Work during the day and study at nights. I assume you have have a grade 9 school leaving certificate "buddy"

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-31 15:15

      @james.whyte.104, well done and you should be proud. All that education and still you have the urge to assume. My education has nothing to do with you 'buddy' and neither do I feel the urge to flatter you by advertising it here.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 16:23

      Well if you aint got it, you can't flaunt it

      pmarthenuissen - 2012-10-31 23:47

      Good for you James.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-10-31 12:07

    I feel sorry for the students affected, hope they arise above this and pass well. We need educated masses.

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-10-31 12:42

    I being a unisa student can tell you from a point of experience. that unisa is not the finest university around. as a Zimbabwean myself I strongly condemn the behavior of those involved at the same time would like to emphasis on the racial aspect. as far as I know there aren't any Zimbabweans working for the examinations department thats to say there was a collaboration with South Africans. Therefore let us condemn this on the bases of criminal behavior and not of nationality or race.

      Msika - 2012-10-31 15:53

      So if they are not a finest university, whay are you studying there? You're not making sense.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-31 21:31

      Has anything across the border ever made any sense to anyone? don't try to awaken my zimnophobia

  • shantal.harilall - 2012-10-31 16:05

    It really does not matter what race the suspects are , the fact that they stole examination papers is a serious offense. Since when does one have to be South African to study at Unisa or any other educational institution? I am south African and commend students of all colour that are trying their best to educate themselves and get into university. While Unisa may not be the best university , it is an excellent distance learning university.I commend Unisa for allowing so many of us to move ahead in life through distance learning . As if stealing of exam papers have never occurred at other universities,LOL! Making racists comments reflects poorly on an individuals character, no wonder "some" person cannot get in....... Use it, Dont use.........

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-31 21:35

      It does matters, do you have any idea of the sacrifices one takes to stay up the whole night, take leave without pay, neglect his/her family to prepare for the exam and you get this smelly ass mambojambo who crossed the fence illegally, undermine all those efforts? and now you have to go through that process again?

  • pmarthenuissen - 2012-10-31 23:55

    Gosh, hope my Cognitive Psyc Paper survived.

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