King’s doc­tor­ate raises ques­tions

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Bon­gani Mthethwa

KING Good­will Zwelithini was at the Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land yes­ter­day to be awarded with an hon­orary doc­tor­ate in so­cial work.

The hon­our is in recog­ni­tion of King Zwelithini’s out­stand­ing role in the so­cial wel­fare of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and the fight against HIV/Aids.

It has been ques­tioned, though, by aca­demics and the com­mu­nity‚ as the uni­ver­sity at­tempts to ob­tain the ti­tle deeds for the land on which it is built.

The In­gonyama Trust‚ which ad­min­is­ters 2.8-mil­lion hectares of land in KwaZulu-Na­tal on be­half of Zwelithini‚ is work­ing with lo­cal Inkosi Mandla Mkhwanazi‚ to trans­fer the land to the uni­ver­sity.

For­mer Unizul aca­demic Musa Xulu‚ who is now a busi­ness­man‚ said: “The Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land‚ prob­a­bly one of the most con­fused uni­ver­si­ties this side of the equa­tor‚ if not in the world‚ has de­cided to hon­our our king with an hon­orary doc­tor­ate.

“An hon­orary doc­tor­ate is an hon­oris causa of­fered by the uni- ver­sity through its se­nate‚ which is its high­est aca­demic de­ci­sion-mak­ing body.”

He said the uni­ver­sity had pre­vi­ously hon­oured the king in 1994 with an hon­orary de­gree in agri­cul­ture. “Now‚ how does an in­sti­tu­tion hon­our the same per­son with hon­oris causa twice?

“This is not a PhD and does not come from de­part­ments.

“Some­thing is not right here.

“If news­pa­per re­ports are to be trusted then the Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land is plan­ning some­thing quite bad‚ and wants to drag our king into it.

“No we shall pro­tect the dig­nity of our king. I rule that the HC grad­u­a­tion for our king at UniZul is ex­tremely un­aca­demic. Prove me wrong.”

The Zulu monarch was ac­com­pa­nied by Queen Thandi MaNdlovu‚ Queen Zola KaMafu as well as sev­eral mem­bers of the Zulu royal fam­ily.

Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza was ex­pected to de­liver the key­note ad­dress.

Uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to queries.


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