An investigation at the University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal has shown that more than 4,000 people may have paid for fake degrees there over the past 20 years.
The Sunday Times is reporting that the university held an extra-ordinary senate meeting on Monday, where officials proposed to investigate all postgraduate degrees in Law, Business Management, Public Administration and Education.
Current and former students have apparently threatened on social media to name and shame those who are believed to have purchased fake qualifications on the university’s two campuses in Richards Bay and KwaDlangezwa.
According to the newspaper, two university of Zululand employees, an internal investigating officer and an examination official were suspended last month in connection with the scam.
It’s not the first time the university has made headlines for a degrees-for-cash scandal.
In 1997, five staff members were suspended after an investigation confirmed they had accepted money, to alter students’ records. They allegedly made about R260,000 selling 15 fake degrees.
Another scam was exposed in 2007, when at least 80 students were deregistered after it was established that they did not have matric certificates but allegedly bribed officials to get entrance exams to the institution.
In 2009, South African Aairways board chair Dudu Myeni came under fire for claiming to have a BA Degree from the university but later clarified that she was studying towards the degree.