NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University is deciding whether revelations of blatant plagiarism by former dean of arts Professor Velile Notshulwana could become a factor in the institution’s investigation of his qualifications and academic achievements.
This follows an investigation by The Herald that revealed that Notshulwana, who now heads NMMU’s new family studies unit, passed off large chunks of other writers’ work as his own in his submitted articles for the paper’s “Keepin it Real” column.
The former dean is being investigated by the university for alleged CV fraud, in particular his doctoral degree from Southern California University, journals he claimed to have co-authored and whether he had supervised PhD students as he stated.
The investigation by The Herald also revealed that he did not co-author two journal articles, nor did he work at two overseas research centres as was stated on a CV seen by the newspaper. – Zandile Mbabela
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