Arrest of senior UKZN staffer involved in 'cash for places' investigation

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A senior staff member at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) who was leading the investigation into the sale of placements at its medical school has been arrested for defeating the ends of justice, reports the Sunday Tribune. Avril Sahadew (43), a forensic audit specialist, was supposed to appear before the Pinetown Magistrate's Court last Thursday but was unable to after testing positive for COVID-19, her lawyer told the court.

Sahadew led the investigation known as Operation Clever on corruption at the university where placements at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine were being offered in exchange for bribes. The investigation has dragged on for four years without anyone being charged or prosecuted. However, Sahadew was removed from the investigation in 2019, apparently, after a staff member laid a criminal charge against her.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed that charges of crimen injuria, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice were being investigated by Westville SAPS. It is alleged that Sahadew victimised one of the staff members and locked him in her office for probing a case ‘linked’ to her.

 

Full Sunday Tribune report (Access restricted)

 

See also MedicalBrief archives:

UKZN loses legal action over report into sale of medical school places

 

Hawks widen investigation into SA medical school ‘places for sale’

 

UKZN spend on sale of med school places investigation hits R157m

 

Report on ‘places for sale’ at UKZN remains secret

 

UKZN accused of hiding information in med school places-for-sale scandal

 

UKZN ‘concern’ over effect of scandal on med school’s reputation

 

Secret KPMG report finds irregularities at UKZN med school

 

UKZN probes ‘corrupt’ selling of student places at medical school

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