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ZululandUniversitySowetanLive reports that the University of Zululand's dean of the faculty of arts, Professor Gregory Kamwendo, was allegedly killed after he uncovered a fraudulent PhD syndicate at the institution.  

Kamwendo was shot dead at his home in Empangeni in May.  Two men, including a lecturer at the same institution, were arrested for his murder at the weekend.  Kamwendo's colleague allegedly hired a hitman for R10,000 to kill the professor because he had uncovered a fraudulent PhD syndicate in the university that involved three members of the academic staff.  A source close to the investigation claimed the university was facing a crisis of fraudulent PhD degrees being granted to students and the academic in question had been suspended for the alleged criminal activities.  The source said Kamwendo had received death threats before he was killed.  "The professor was fighting against this corruption.  There are a lot of people who have received PhDs through fraud," said the source.  Kamwendo, 53, was originally from Malawi and had been employed at the university since 2016.  Police said he was shot and killed in the driveway of his home.  He suffered multiple fatal shots to his upper body.

  • Read the full original report in this regard by Karabo Ledwaba at SowetanLive


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