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VUTSowetanLive reports that concerned staff at the troubled Vaal University of Technology (VUT) have called for the public release of a forensic investigation report into the affairs of the institution.  

The investigation conducted last year by SizweNtsalubaGobodo was initiated to look into allegations of irregular payments, mismanagement and abuse of power.  The allegations included that senior managers at the institution had failed to follow proper procurement procedures in awarding contracts.  Last week, higher education and training minister Naledi Pandor appointed an independent assessor to look into the problems at the university.  "We are excited as concerned staff that the minister listened to our cries.  The assessor must act swiftly against those in council that have been blocking the investigation," reads a letter from staff.  Pandor appointed Professor Barney Pityana, assisted by Professor Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, to conduct a detailed analysis of and provide a report on the various allegations and counter allegations that have been made by stakeholders at the university between last year and this year.  VUT spokesperson Mike Khuboni said the appointment of the independent assessor would assist management to investigate the allegations and put them to finality.

  • Read the full original of the report by Yoliswa Sobuwa at SowetanLive

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