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South Africa: Higher Education Minister shocked by senseless killing of university professor

Thuletho Zwane

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor has expressed shock at the senseless killing of the University of Zululand’s Professor Gregory Kamwendo.

Pandor had recently met Kamwendo during one of her visits to the UniZulu campus in an effort to familiarise herself with universities across the country.

The minister said she was saddened by the shooting incident and pleaded with law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned.

Kamwendo was killed in a shooting at his home in Empangeni, north of Durban  on Tuesday.

Media reports state that the professor was driving from work when he was approached by an unknown assailant.

Empangeni police spokesperson Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose said Kamwendo was shot in his car as he drove into his residence just after 5pm.He said they are investigating a case of murder but no arrests have yet been made.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was declared dead at the scene by paramedics‚” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.

She said the motive for the killing was unknown at this stage.

Kamwendo was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Kamwendo joined UniZulu as the Faculty of Arts  Dean in 2016, having left the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he was the Dean of Education.

UniZulu spokesperson Gcina Nhleko said the they were, “devastated by the untimely passing. Professor Kamwendo was a knowledge fountain and he will be sorely missed by the entire UniZulu community,” read the UniZulu Facebook post posted on the university page.  

Minister Pandor said Kamwendo spoke passionately about the efforts they, as Senate, took towards cleansing the image UniZulu after the institution suffered scandal related to the criminal sale of degrees.

Pandor sent her heartfelt condolence to Kamwendo’s family, relatives, friends and the UniZulu community at larger.


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