e Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology over claims of nepotism and abuse of power
- The University was supposed to present itself on 19 November but failed to do so
- The National Education, Health And Allied Workers Union has raised alarm with allegations made against the institution
Allegations of corruption, maladministration, nepotism and abuse of power are made against the Tshwane University of Technology.
The University's management was set to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology to defend themselves, but failed to do so on 19 November.
IOL News reports that this no-show has deeply upset the committee and another appearance has been scheduled for Wednesday, 27 November.
Sunday Independent reported that Philly Mapulane, chairperson of the committee, says they want answers.
He was quoted as saying:
"Allegations of corruption, maladministration, nepotism and abuse of power were brought to our attention by various stakeholders, hence our actions. We are ready to act on any other allegations against other universities."
Briefly.co.za gathered that these actions were set in motion by the National Education, Health And Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), who sent a letter to the committee on 16 October to bring attention to the claims.
The letter accused Dr Bandile Masuku, council chairperson, of doing as he pleases and 'being a law unto himself'.
It added that Masuku fired Veronica Motloutsi after she raised views over gender inequality at the university's management levels.
Furthermore, the letter claims that Gugulethu Xaba, former Nehawu branch chairperson, was suspended for standing up against maladministration.
Willa de Ruyter, TUT spokesperson, says the university is preparing for its appearance before the committee.
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