NPA confirms the arrests of DUT staff members
Durban University of Technology (DUT) Alumni Coordinator, Ntombizandile Ndlovu was sentenced to six years of imprisonment on Friday at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court.
Ndlovu pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering. Natasha Kara of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said even though Ndlovu was not married, she claimed that her husband died using information of an unknown man. This paid her R850 592.00 as DUT offered life and funeral insurance to staff and their spouses.
“The insurance company, Momentum, launched an investigation after several suspicious claims were lodged by the university,” said Kara. Several other DUT staff members have been arrested for submitting fraudulent claims.
“The University is unable to provide names, as most of those involved are no longer with the University,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor: People and Operations at DUT, Isaac Machi.
Machi said the University initiated the internal disciplinary process that resulted in the dismissal of employees who were involved in the conduct. The university said the NPA took over the process as this was a criminal offense.
Machi referred to Ndlovu’s arrest as being a highlight of DUT dealing with corruption. “It reinforces that DUT does not and will not promote or condone any incidents of misconduct, fraud and corruption,” said Machi.