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The University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape
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Fort Hare corruption: R14m worth assets seized from company that charged for services not rendered

The University of Fort Hare reportedly lost R19 million after the company in question was paid for services not rendered.

Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape
Image via: @ufh1916 / Twitter

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has obtained a provisional restraint order against the property of Walter Qusheka, the director of a company implicated in the University of Fort Hare corruption.

Qusheka owns Garden to Floors PTY LTD, trading as Qush cleaning services (Qush), and the order also relates to five other defendants and Qusheka’s wife.


NPA Eastern Cape spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said the current value of the restrained assets is R14,3 million. However, that value should increase as the court-appointed curator investigates the defendants’ assets.

Tyali said the alleged corrupt activities at Fort Hare, where Qush had a contract with the university, expired at the end of its determined period in 2015. However, a university official, Thobile George, the former Contracts Manager at the university who did not have lawful power to contract on behalf of Fort Hare, unilaterally extended the contract on a month-to-month basis, resulting in a loss of R19,2 million.

The amount was reportedly made up of multiple invoices submitted to the university and paid to Qush for services, including additional cleaners and once-off cleaning after events or accidental incidents such as flooding.

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Tyali said when UFH officials were queried about the additional cleaning services, it turned out that there were no additional cleaners employed, nor were there instances of once-off cleaning that had transpired.

“Evidence also revealed that George received payments from Qush which amounted to R4 million and were paid into the bank account of a company that he is the director of,” Tyali explained.

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Five suspects arrested in connection with the murder and attempted murder incidents linked to the University of Fort Hare appear in court for the first time. Image: SAPS.

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George, Walter and Vuyokazi Qusheka, Yolisa Songca, Lungelwa Finwana, and Yandiswa Sonamzi face criminal charges of fraud and corruption. That matter is postponed until 4 August 2023 to set a trial date in the East London Regional Court.

Tyali said the granting of the restraint order demonstrates the in-roads that the combined efforts of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and NPA are making into cracking the corruption and criminal activities at UFH.

These have been the subject of extensive attention following the assassinations and attempted murder of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu.

“These efforts are starting to bear fruit and will not cease until UFH is allowed to focus on its core mandate of educating students instead of constantly dealing with criminal elements in their midst,” he added.

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