UPDATE | UKZN student living in fear, tyres slashed after speaking to News24

2016-06-21 11:46

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News editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that while the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) says there was never any investigation into claims of financial mismanagement or the theft of funds by Siphelele Nguse, as claimed by his fellow students. It further confirmed there is no record of him being prosecuted or found guilty of allegations of this nature.

Nguse has written a letter to outline his version of events in full. You can read it here.

Pietermaritzburg – A University of KwaZulu-Natal student is living in fear after his tyres were slashed after speaking to News24 about alleged fraud and corruption.

Aron Ndlovu, a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the university's Pietermaritzburg campus, said the tyres of his BMW 5 series were slashed in the early hours of last Thursday, a day after News24 published a story in which he voiced his concern about SRC president Siphelele Nguse.

Ndlovu, a second year BSc Microbiology and Biochemistry student, told News24 on Wednesday that the SRC had taken a decision to strip Nguse of his powers after it found evidence implicating him in a fraud and corruption scandal.

It is not clear what the alleged charges relate to, but the SRC said it had forwarded the evidence to the university’s management to investigate.

Nguse denied the allegations. He also said he had no knowledge who slashed Ndlovu's tyres.

'Disrespectful behaviour'

News24 is in possession of an e-mail dated June 14, which states that the SRC had taken a decision to suspend Nguse.

The e-mail reads: "As the PMB SRC we would like to inform you that yesterday [June 13] we had a meeting in which we resolved that the president of the SRC Siphelele Nguse is suspended with immediate effect due to serious allegations of fraud and corruption.

"In addition to these allegations his disrespectful behaviour, which included insulting other SRC members in the meeting, made it difficult for the SRC to function. As from now, we do not expect him to do or say anything on behalf of the SRC."

Ndlovu said he received a call from his brother, Nhlakanipho, who is also a member of the SRC, at around 09:00 on Thursday informing him that his tyres were flat.

"On Wednesday I parked the car in front of the security cameras at our residence because I was scared something would happen. When I got to the car on Thursday we noticed that the two rear tyres were slashed."

Ndlovu said he had reported the matter to campus police but could not view the footage because it was a public holiday.

'It wasn't me'

He said he also went to the Alexandra police station in Pietermaritzburg to report the incident.

"I don't want to accuse anyone because I am not sure who did it. I think it was done because a decision was taken to remove the SRC president.

"I am living in fear but students needed to know the truth, they could no longer continue being misled, if we must die for telling the truth then it is fine."

Nguse said he did not know who slashed Ndlovu's tyres.

"I only ready about it on Facebook. I don't know anything about the incident."

Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the police were investigating a case of malicious damage to property and no arrests had been made.

The university did not respond to requests for comment.

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