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ujNews24 reports that the University of Johannesburg (UJ) failed to properly account for a large payment of R12.8 million in 2017 to one of its former vice-chancellors, as well as other incentives and benefits that were made.

This is one of the "significant concerns" highlighted in a long-awaited report commissioned by Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande in January 2020 and undertaken by Council on Higher Education (CHE). The CHE was tasked to investigate the salaries earned by vice-chancellors and other senior executive managers since 2005. The report recommended that the minister should develop guidelines and policy frameworks "with an eye to capping executive remuneration." The report was due to be discussed by Nzimande’s department during a parliamentary briefing on Wednesday, but he requested that the discussion be postponed, saying he wanted to first formally hand it over to the chairpersons of the university councils. Although the document does not mention the UJ vice-chancellor by name, it was apparently referring to Professor Ihron Rensburg, who was at the helm of the institution between 2006 and 2017. "After a limited investigation, which did not cover the VC's full term of office, some of this money was recovered from the VC and outstanding taxes were paid to SARS, but the bulk was written off or not recovered," the report indicated. Meanwhile, the University of Pretoria was also slated for "failing to divulge fully" the millions of rands paid to its executive managers in retention agreements. It also partly misrepresented what it did divulge. Another "significant" concern highlighted in the report was an unused paid leave of R1.5 million in 2018 by University of Limpopo vice-chancellor, Professor Mahlo Mokgalong.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Prega Govender at News24

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