- Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba's registration for an honours degree was 'irregular'
- This is according to the University of Fort Hare on Tuesday afternoon after allegations surfaced
- The MEC had failed to meet the criteria for a postgraduate qualification since she didn't possess a junior degree
Sindiswa Gomba's troubles only seem to be deepening with the University of Fort Hare weighing in on her qualification scandal on Tuesday.
The university confirmed that Gomba's registration for an honours degree had indeed been irregular.
This comes after the alarm was raised after it emerged that Gomba was allowed to register for three academic years despite not meeting the criteria for the qualification due to a lack of a junior degree.
These allegations were detailed in a Sunday Times report with the university committing to investigate how this incident had happened, saying that Gomba was registered from 2013 to 2015:
“Her admission to the BAdmin (Honours) programme in 2013 was irregular as it was not preceded by the submission and approval of a portfolio of evidence (POE) as part of the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process."
The university made it clear that its rules are clear and don't afford space for transgressions:
“The university is addressing the infringement of its rules for admission. Our rules are clear, and any identified transgression will be addressed procedurally through formal university processes. Ms S Gomba is currently not a registered student of the University of Fort Hare. She enrolled for a BAdmin (Honours) programme in 2013 and was last registered in 2015.”
DispatchLIVE reports that Gomba's case had come into focus when a faculty board meeting had raised concerns over the matter, with officials accused of attempting to hide the irregularity.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Gomba had been cast into the spotlight for the controversial project to use motorbikes as ambulances during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had slammed the project as failed, seeing millions of Rands called into question after work was halted.
Gomba had been forced to present herself to a Special Investigation Unit Inquiry on the subject to answer for how the project had been approved.
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