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unisaNews24 reports that Unisa vice-chancellor Puleng LenkaBula has placed the university's acting chief financial officer (CFO), Reshma Mathura, on precautionary suspension for, among other things, allegedly receiving bank deposits from students in an irregular manner.

This despite the fact that Mathura informed LenkaBula that "four unexpected and unsolicited cash deposits" of R330 each were deposited into her bank account and that "this malicious and criminal conduct" was intended to slander her and remove her from her position. In a letter dated 3 April 2024, which was written to LenkaBula on Mathura's behalf, AfriForum's advocate Gerrie Nel said the individuals who made the deposits to Mathura "are unknown to her and certainly had no reason to deposit money into her account". On Wednesday, Unisa indicated that the relevant university departments had been tasked to investigate the allegations against Mathura and to follow due processes. But no mention was made at that time that she would be placed on precautionary suspension. On Thursday, AfriForum's private prosecution unit confirmed that Mathura had filed a criminal complaint with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) to probe a conspiracy to falsely implicate her in criminality. Then on Friday, LenkaBula informed Mathura that it had come to her attention that she may have contravened the university's policies and/or laws, including misconduct such as sharing, without authorisation or consent, personal and private information with external parties. Meanwhile, in a statement on Thursday, AfriForum said its private prosecution unit had addressed a letter to Unisa council chair Daniel Mosia, asking him to ensure that Mathura's complaint was being investigated internally because two letters addressed to professor Puleng LenkaBula had gone unanswered, save for a response seeking clarity on the private prosecution unit's status as Mathura's legal representatives.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Prega Govender at News24
  • Lees ook, Viserektor by Unisa nader Valke oor ‘smeerveldtog’, by Maroela Media

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