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MUTDaily News reports that the uMlazi-based Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has placed two senior officials on precautionary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation.

The decision to suspend Professor Marcus Ramogale, who is the acting vice-chancellor and principal, and Gona Govender, acting senior manager in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, was announced in a memo on Thursday. The university's administrator, Professor LR van Staden said the decision to suspend the duo was as a result of serious allegations, “that have been brought to light, suggesting possible detrimental activities to the university”. He added: “It is imperative that such allegations are thoroughly investigated to protect the integrity and sustainability of the university, as well as uphold the principles of transparency and accountability within our institution. The decision was made in the best interest of the university, and to ensure the integrity and impartiality of the investigation process.” Van Staden stressed that the suspensions were not determinations of guilt. “It is unclear why they were suspended, but the rumours abound that they were involved in corrupt activities. But it’s unclear at this stage,” said a staffer who spoke strictly on condition of anonymity.

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