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ZululandUniversityMail & Guardian reports that the murder of University of Zululand (UniZulu) professor Gregory Kamwendo was at first thought to be due to his uncovering of a syndicate at the institution issuing fraudulent PhD degrees.  

However, this might have played only a small part in his murder.  Kamwendo was gunned down outside his home in Empangeni in May this year.  Two sources close to the investigation have revealed that his murder was a planned hit and alleged that it was organised by Zweli Nkuna, a former lecturer at the university, whose long-running strife with the professor went back to 2015.  On Monday, Nkuna and Oscar Mthiyane, a taxi owner, appeared in the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder.  The strife between Nkuna and Kamwendo apparently started when a student laid a complaint of assault against Nkuna.  The university conducted an investigation that found Nkuna guilty.  In May 2016, Nkuna approached the CCMA.  Kamwendo testified against Nkuna, saying the behaviour of Nkuna was unbecoming of a lecturer.  The CCMA found in Nkuna’s favour and ordered that he be reinstated and be paid backpay of more than R160,000.  The university then filed papers to appeal the CCMA case.  Prior to the appeal, Kamwendo filed an affidavit claiming that Nkuna had threatened his life.  “He [Nkuna] was not happy at all that Kamwendo testified.  He was so angry he went to find inkabi (an assassin) to take care of him,” claimed one source.  The inkabi is still being sought.

  • Read Athandiwe Saba’s original report in this regard in full at Mail & Guardian

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