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Director of Corporate Services at the Government Employee Medical Scheme, Dr Sam Lewatle.
Director of Corporate Services at the Government Employee Medical Scheme, Dr Sam Lewatle.
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The Government Employees Medical Scheme’s (GEMS) corporate services executive’s doctorate was obtained from an American “university” not recognised by South Africa’s qualifications authorities, potentially making it a fake doctoral degree.

Doctor Sam Lewatle, GEMS’ chief corporate services officer obtained his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in November 2018 from LIGS University, an online University based in Hawaii, in the US. However, correspondence from the South Africa Qualifications Authority (Saqa) shows that the entity doesn’t recognise qualifications obtained at LIGS University because the institution is not recognised by education officials in the US.

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