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CPUT students ‘paid’ for degrees

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Two CPUT students’ Bachelor of Technology degrees have been “cancelled” after it emerged that they allegedly paid a staff member to register them for the programme.

A CPUT staff member has been found guilty of assisting the students to register fraudulently. Picture: Tracey Adams. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The employee has been found guilty of assisting the students to “register fraudulently”, said advocate Mandla Sifumba from CPUT’s legal services department.

The employee has been dismissed.

The students, from Angola, allegedly paid the employee, an administrative staff member, R5 000 each to register them for the BTech programme in project management for the 2013 academic year.

Both had not completed their national diplomas, a requirement to be considered for the programme.

They admitted to paying the money.

“They were subjected to a disciplinary hearing which ruled that their BTechs be cancelled,” said Sifumba.

The students are fighting the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

“They appealed the outcome of the disciplinary hearing to the vice-chancellor and are awaiting to present the grounds for their appeal at the vice-chancellor’s appeal committee.”

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