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COMMUNIQUE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR: UKZN COMMITTED TO ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION

May 25, 2017

The University’s Forensic Services Department has been working very closely with law enforcement agencies since the beginning of the investigation which led to the arrests of some members of a syndicate responsible for selling admission spaces at the University. Read more...

25 May 2017 

To the University Community

The University’s Forensic Services Department has been working very closely with law enforcement agencies since the beginning of the investigation which led to the arrests of some members of a syndicate responsible for selling admission spaces at the University.

Forensic Services and the police have been working tirelessly to identify accomplices and beneficiaries of these illegal acts. It is anticipated that further arrests will be made soon. Any persons found to have participated and / or benefited from this illegal practice will face criminal prosecution.

The University Executive Management has prioritised this matter and is fully supportive of the investigation. University Management initiated this investigation, and has been cooperating fully with the investigation to ensure that all those persons implicated face the full might of the law.

We should also be mindful that expecting the Hawks to take action without a thorough investigation will jeopardise the process, and premature interventions may compromise all the progress that has been made thus far. The University is engaging with the Hawks on an ongoing basis to facilitate their work proceeding as fast as possible. We, therefore, appeal to all our stakeholders to remain calm and allow the process to unfold. Let’s allow the process to take its course.

Acts of fraud, bribery and other corrupt behaviour will not be tolerated at the University in any way or form, and offenders will be prosecuted and pursued to the full extent of the law. 

I remind the University Community that acts of fraud, bribery and corruption divert scarce resources away from the University’s core operations and threatens not only the University’s reputation, but also the integrity of our selection and admission processes.

For us to remain successful, it is imperative that the University community remains committed to protecting and ensuring the integrity and reputation of all qualifications awarded through our institution. The Executive is also deeply concerned about our Medical School’s reputation, and the negative effect that any corruption of Medical School selection and admission processes would have on this reputation. Additional checks and balances in our selection and admission processes led to detection of specific corrupt practices, which were then referred to the Hawks for further investigation, and we are continually improving our procedures and practice to reduce risks.

We are committed to rooting out all corruption at the University and require the assistance of staff and students to contact the University Fraud Hotline on the toll free number 0800 20 32 85 with information. All reports will be treated anonymously and in the strictest of confidence. Please help us ensure that this University is one that you can be proud of.

 

Regards,

Dr Albert van Jaarsveld
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of KwaZulu-Natal


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