The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] welcomes the decision of the South Gauteng High Court against Professor Roy Marcus and Jaco van Schoor who siphoned more than R30 million from the University of Johannesburg.
The national union is however shocked by the fact the court has only instructed the two to only pay R14 million which is R16 million less than what they actually siphoned to their private businesses. As NEHAWU, we demand that that the R16 million must also be returned back to the university. The money must be used to fund students who are victims of financial exclusion.
The national union opened a criminal case against the two at the Brixton police station on the 4th October 2017 and the case was taken over by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation [HAWKS] earlier this year for further investigation. In the meantime, NEHAWU believes that the two should be arrested and continue to face criminal charges. The fact that they will pay a portion of the stolen money does not absolve them from the fraud and corruption they committed at the university.
Marcus and Van Schoor abused their executive powers by channelling funds into their own company. The funds were meant to improve infrastructure of the university by installing solar geysers at the university’s premises and residences. The stealing of these funds has robbed our members and workers of better working conditions.
This R30 million could have been better used to give access to working class children who can’t afford the exorbitant fees associated with higher education.
As NEHAWU, We will continue to expose corruption wherever it rears its ugly head.
Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
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