Mandonsela asked to probe UKZN

2012-05-31 19:59

Durban - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been asked to investigate the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a spokesperson for her office confirmed on Thursday.

She had received a request from a group calling itself the Concerned Citizens Group to investigate 32 complaints ranging from plagiarism to mismanagement and abuse of power.

Spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said: "The Public Protector received the complaint yesterday [Wednesday] and she will be assessing it for jurisdiction and to establish if there is merit to the claims. Only after this process will she decide whether to investigate or not."

Kamal Panday, a spokesperson for the group, said it consisted of numerous people from alumni to staff members, but he could not reveal their identities. The size of the group was not clear.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from the university.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-31 20:14

    You don't have time for this trivial issue.......

      mpho.c.moreki - 2012-05-31 20:54

      Jaaah man, they should give her a chance to investigate more serious corruption complaints,this one can be dealt with by police contables at the nearest police station

      Christopher - 2012-06-01 15:40

      UKZN is run by the government...which means the anc has there sticky little fingers in this pie as well, This is corruption which is why Thuli Madonsela is investigating this. Nail the bastrads!!

  • Mark - 2012-05-31 20:34

    Hi Madame, I was just wondering what we, the people of South Africa needs to do to urgently request that you investigate the whole ANC. I mean you are paid by the taxes of the public. Could you please start with the President.

  • Willie - 2012-05-31 20:52

    This is not a trivial issue. There was a time when this university was renowned for its academic standards and administrative competency. Is this now being threatened by persons with agendas alien to ethics and standards that apply to first world institutions because it is too high. If so, another brick from the wall of high ethical standards, competency, ability, capability and service; and in this case academic standards and ethics acceptable where it applies, is knocked out. And Tamaranui says its a trivial issue? On what grounds do you say its trivial?

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-31 21:05

      Willie, you are absolutely right and this is not a minor matter. The problem is that the ANC and its cadres have been doing stuff that is far more damaging to the country and has to take priority .

  • Erna - 2012-05-31 21:08

    I can't decide if it is a good thing or not that the PP is being kept so busy. On the one hand it is encouraging that she is investigating all these cases of fraud and corruption, etc. On the other hand it is depressing that there are so many cases, and I'm sure these are just the tip of the iceberg?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 21:27

      Notice how, ever since those threats, she is steered away from ANC related cases? Remember when she said she cannot investigate Malema's case because of "lack of resources". It seems she will now only investigate politically neutral issues or ones posing a threat to the ANC.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 21:11

    Education. Knowledge. Wisdom. Innovation. Creativity. These are the bricks we use to build our future. Integrity is the cement which holds it all together. If we allow the bricks and cement to crumble, we have no future.

  • Bibi - 2012-05-31 21:43

    Why am I not surprised?This institution was heavily implicated in the kidney trafficking scandal and the court case against some of its esteemed academics continues.Rotten in more ways than one

  • Walter - 2012-05-31 22:06

    Our Public Prosecutor is great, every time she investigates, she finds lots. But that's scary, of course (that she always finds lots), what can I say. I hope she manages to keep her job for a long time to come...

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