Murder probe uncovered PhD fraud syndicate at UniZulu

Murder probe uncovered PhD fraud syndicate at UniZulu

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande says investigations into the death of a University of Zululand professor have helped uncover a fraudulent PhD syndicate operating at the institution. 

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Oscar Mthiyane and Selby Nkuna received life sentences in Pietermaritzburg last week, for shooting the 53-year-old Arts Dean in his car in 2018. 

Professor Gregory Kamwendo had stamped out a fraudulent skeem that saw courses and certificates being awarded illegally. 

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Some of those involved were staff members. 

Higher Education spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said: "Minister Nzimande says that the death of Professor Kamwendo was a double murder as it took the life of Prof Kamwendo at the height of his career.

"But also this killing exposed corruption and self-interest which seek to destroy the image and credibility of not only of UniZulu but of the higher education system as a whole."

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