The civil organisation “Save Unizulu” says there is evidence of corruption that needs to be tackled at the University of Zululand.
The organisation has asked Minister of Higher Education, Naledi Pandor, to investigate reports of maladministration at the insitution.
The organization’s Secretary General Josephine Jackeline says the university is in disarray.
“Tenders should not be outsourced as it prevents giving of tenders to pals. Houses were purchased at the golf estate – there were close to nine houses purchased for R45 million and what we are saying is that this houses must be sold and must be put into the student funds to buy student accommodation. We did a quick calculation and realised that 500 students can be housed in the single rooms using R45 million, that is what we are asking for.”
Meanwhile, Pandor promised to investigate the allegations, but defended the decision to purchase houses for university officials at a private estate at a total cost of an estimated R45 million.
“What we have been assured is any housing purchase has been done in terms of the Public Finance Management Act – the rules for as an obligation of the university and that the aspersions being cast are not proven by any investigation that have been undertaken. Part of what the media must be careful about are rumours and not actually going to the university at the communications offices which have invited the media and nobody turns up. The university is not by any means heading for bankruptcy or close to it – please ignore untruths,” said Pandor.