For­mer MUT staff avoided foren­sic probe

Cape Argus - - NEWS - May­i­bongwe Maqhina

FRI­DAY SEPTEM­BER 15 2017 THE MANGOSUTHU Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in uMlazi, south­west of Dur­ban, has been rapped over the knuck­les by MPs for fail­ing to take ac­tion on the foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­sti­tuted against some of its for­mer ex­ec­u­tives.

This came to light when the univer­sity briefed Par­lia­ment’s higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on its state of af­fairs a year af­ter the res­ig­na­tions of se­nior ex­ec­u­tives over the foren­sic probe find­ings.

In Fe­bru­ary 2016, MUT placed six ad­min­is­tra­tors on spe­cial leave and later in­sti­tuted a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the for­mer vice-chan­cel­lor and oth­ers.

A re­port was re­leased in July 2016, but some had re­signed. The find­ings were never made pub­lic.

The sus­pen­sions and sub­se­quent res­ig­na­tions left the univer­sity with act­ing per­son­nel.

Dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s meet­ing, MPs de­manded the foren­sic re­port and wanted to know whether ac­tion had been taken.

Act­ing vice-chan­cel­lor Mar­cus Ramo­gale blamed the fail­ure to act on the fact that the ex­ec­u­tives had left be­fore be­ing charged.

When asked if steps had been taken against them out­side the in­sti­tu­tion, he could not an­swer, stat­ing it was not in the scope of the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment.

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