wPravin Gordhan graduated from the University of Durban-Westville in 1973. However, South African soon pointed out the university was only opened in 1972, so how did Gordhan obtain a degree in just a year?
Pravin Gordhan has been a hot topic on social media - again. This time, Mzansi called into question his B. Pharm degree which he obtained at the University of Durban-Westville, which is now known as the KwaZulu-Natal University, in 1973.
"We must be balanced on this one, how did Pravin Gordhan obtain a B. Pharm degree in one year because University of Durban-Westville only opened its doors in 1972? In 1973, Pravin Gordhan graduated with Bachelor of Pharmacy degree," a social media user wrote on Twitter.
Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the history of the university in an attempt to explain Gordhan's 'one year' degree.
According to Wikipedia, the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) was indeed founded in 1972 in Westville, Durban, South Africa.
However, prior to the establishment of UDW, Indian students would use a ferry to travel to a facility at Salisbury Island.
The facility was founded in 1961, 11 years before UDW, and it was known as the University College for Indians.
Indian students would take classes at the university during the previous regime because few higher education establishment admitted non-White students.
This could mean that Gordhan studied at the University College for Indians but his studies overlapped with the institution's transition into UDW - where he graduated in 1973.
On Monday, in a statement, the KZN university released a statement about Gordhan's qualification, hushing critics.
“The Office of the Registrar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) confirms that Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan studied and successfully completed the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1973. In addition, he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2003 and the Convocation Award in 2013 from UKZN,” the statement signed by Ashton Bodrick, the executive director for corporate relations, read.
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