UKZN fires staff member implicated in placement scam

Another 18 staff, most of them administrative, will be served with letters of intention to suspend them.

WESTVILLE CAMPUS – The University of KwaZulu-Natal has now dismissed one of its staff members as it investigates a syndicate selling places at the institution’s medical school for up to R500,000.

Another 18 staff, most of them administrative, will be served with letters of intention to suspend them.

On Thursday morning, the institution conducted a search and seizure operation at its Nelson Mandela Medical Campus.

Laptops and other electronic devices were confiscated from a total of 286 employees during Thursday’s raid.

It’s part of an ongoing independent probe into the syndicate, which was uncovered earlier this year.

UKZN Vice Chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld says: “To date, as far as the purchasing of places, five students have been implicated in the UKZN admission scam.”

Van Jaarsveld says that the university is working to identify current students who may have secured their places through the syndicate.

But it will be more difficult to implicate students who’ve already graduated as they would have met all the university’s academic requirements.

Van Jaarsveld says UKZN is looking into laying criminal charges against this group of students once they have been tracked down.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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