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University of Limpopo mourns death of amiable Professor Mohamed Saber Tayob, gunned down while jogging


THE University of Limpopo is devastated by the tragic death of Professor Mohamed Saber Tayob, who was gunned down while jogging in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Sunday.

‘’The University of Limpopo and the Faculty of Management and Law (FML) are devastated by the passing away of Prof Mohamed Saber Tayob who was gunned down while jogging in Polokwane on Sunday, 13 March 2022,’’ the university said.

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Mahlo Mokgalong, has expressed his shock at the untimely death of Professor Tayob.

“I’m shocked and dismay at the passing of one of the University’s rising academics and
leaders,” he said. 

Executive Dean, Professor Omphemetse Sibanda, the Executive Team of the FML, staff and students extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends, wishing them strength during this difficult time.  

Professor Tayob was the Director of the School of Accountancy at the University from 01 March 2020 until his death. He joined the University of Limpopo on 01 October 2009 as a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Auditing, earning promotion to Associate Professor on 01 July 201. He was also the Acting Programme Coordinator for the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy (PGDA) from the beginning of 2020.

Professor Tayob was a seasoned Chartered Accountant (CA) and academic, who served the School of Accountancy with distinction, making it his purpose to help it grow as a centre of excellence in all its disciplines. To this end, he worked tirelessly for the School to gain sustainable success in its core business of teaching and learning, research and community engagement. 

“He was instrumental in ensuring that the University of Limpopo gained accreditation by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) to offer the Bachelor of Accounting Science and PGDA independently in 2011 and 2017, respectively. These
milestones allowed the University to produce Chartered Accountants, quite a pivotal accomplishment,” the university said.

The police have since launched a manhunt for a gunman who killed the professor and called on the public to come fourth if there’s any information.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said: “The victim was reportedly jogging when a white VW Polo drove past him and then made a U-turn. The said vehicle stopped next to him and a passenger disembarked and shot the victim several times at point-blank. The suspects quickly drove off from the scene,” said Mojapelo.

Acting Limpopo police commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers appealed for assistance
with the investigation.

Anyone who has information has been urged to contact Warrant Officer Joseph Malebana
on 072 492 9635.

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