- A news publication recently reported that the University of Venda added a new course to its curriculum
- According to the article, South Africans would be able to study towards a degree in witchcraft at the university
- Briefly.co.za took a look at whether or not the news was real or fake
On Monday, website ihlaya news reported that the University of Venda introduced a witchcraft degree with two student volunteers already taking the pilot course.
According to the publication, the syllabus would incorporate "lightning and thunder”, and would go "way beyond science".
Briefly.co.za did some research to determine whether the news was true or just a spoof.
The Citizen reported on Friday that the news was in fact fake. According to the university itself, there is no witchcraft course, nor are there any plans to incorporate such a degree at the higher education establishment.
Univen vice-chancellor and principal. Dr Bernard Nthambeleni. said:
“As an institution, we have mechanisms in place to ensure that the programmes that are offered are of high standards and that they contribute towards the development of our SADC region, as expressed in our vision.
"Therefore, it is factually incorrect to allege that we are in the process of introducing such a programme. The university strongly condemns such misleading allegations.”
The ihlaya news article also concluded at the end that it was just a joke.
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