Dear Mr President

Mangosuthu University of Technology reels under the weight of its council’s mismanagement and Minister Nzimande seems to be reluctant to act

1. I have been apprised of more information which shows how the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, rules the higher education landscape as he pleases and not for the benefit of our higher education system and our children’s futures.

2. This time, matters unfold at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) where the minister’s lack of attention is driving this beleaguered institution further into the ground. This after the adverse findings of the 2018 “Report of the independent assessor into the state of affairs of Mangosuthu University of Technology” by Professor Barney Pityana and Ms Judith Favish (‘the Pityana Report’).

3. The Pityana Report had made various strategic findings and recommendations to right the MUT-ship, none of which had allegedly been heeded and/or implemented; including that serious consideration must be given to the disbandment of the MUT council.

4. The fact that this did not happen is now having an adverse effect at the MUT as there are serious allegations that the council is compromised, and that some of its members are doing their utmost to further their personal enrichment schemes.

5. I am informed that three senior management members, including the vice-chancellor and principal, Dr E Duma Malaza, have been suspended by the council, for months now, with no formal charges brought against them. Aside from this being, what seems to be, unfair labour practice, this allegedly happened as part of an effort to protect staff member/s who were suspected of procurement and payroll fraud and a potential cover-up of the alleged interference of the council chairperson, Mr Morailane Morailane, and the chairperson of the audit, risk and compliance committee in the award of a security tender.

6. It appears that matters were driven to a head when Dr Malaza, in April 2020, made a report to the MUT council about the unethical and non-transparent manner in which Mr Morailane held him to account, holding irregular executive committee meetings, the use of sub-committees to intimidate university management and the aforementioned interference in the award of a security tender.

7. The council then apparen