Mabuyane taking President, SIU and University of Fort Hare to court

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Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is approaching the High Court to interdict the SIU from investigating allegations of maladministration in the awarding of postgraduate degrees at the University of Fort Hare.

The SIU investigation implicated Mabuyane in alleged fraud in the awarding of degrees at the University of Fort Hare.

In his papers, Mabuyane lists President Cyril Ramaphosa, the SIU and the university as respondents in the matter. The matter will be heard on the 13th of June. It is alleged that Mabuyane was admitted to a Master’s program despite not having an honour’s degree.

The matter arises from a damning report that Mabuyane received favours and special treatment during his studies at the University of Fort Hare.

He accuses the institution of having a smear campaign against him.

Reports revealed that Mabuyane had been receiving assistance at the institution for his Master’s Degree program through the assistance of former lecturer Professor Edwin Ijeoma.

Pressure has been mounting on Mabuyane to come clean about his relationship with Ijeoma, with opposition parties calling for his resignation.

Mabuyane has maintained that there is a witch-hunt against him by Fort Hare University.

He was subsequently excluded and deregistered from the program for not meeting the minimum requirements.