- Arrests were made for the murder of Professor Gregory Kamwendo, who was shot in May this year
- It is reported a hitman was hired to kill Kamwendo after he learned about corruption within the University of Zululand
- A fake PhD syndicate apparently awards fraudulent degrees to many students
Professor Gregory Kamwendo, the University of Zululand's dean of the faculty of arts, was murdered earlier in May this year.
Kamwendo was shot multiple times outside his home in Empangeni, to the shock of many South Africans.
The Sowetan reports that two arrests for the professor's murder have been made. One of the alleged suspects is reportedly a lecturer at the University.
The lecturer's identity remains protected until he has appeared in court. He apparently hired a hitman to kill Kamwendo because he found out about a fake PhD syndicate that was operating within the university.
Briefly.co.za gathered the suspect paid the hitman R10 000.
Three university staff members are allegedly involved in the syndicate that grants degrees to students irregularly.
According to an anonymous source, many students received PhDs via fraud, but the murdered professor was trying to fight the corruption.
They arrested the men late last week. It was a joint operation with the Empangeni tracing team, a detective from Sandton and Bheki Thusi, a private investigator from KwaZulu-Natal. An employee that was arrested is a professor at the university. He was bitter and telling him (Kamwendo) that he was going to kill him. The professor ended up opening a case of intimidation against him.
Col Thembeka Mbhele stated that the police did arrest two men.
On Thursday, November 29 2018, detectives arrested two suspects aged 50 years for murder. They will appear in the Empangeni magistrate's court.
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