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Nzimande orders probe of ‘bogus honorary degrees’ after Shauwn Mkhize doctorate

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande has expressed concern about an increase in the number of cases of bogus institutions awarding honorary doctorates, primarily to celebrities.

This comes after Shauwn Mkhize, a businesswoman and reality TV personality, received a doctorate in philosophy from the unregistered Good Shepherd College of Religion, Culture, and Training.

In October, Limpopo Mayor Basani Shibambu ppwas chastised for bestowing an honorary degree on a local dwarf entertainer for his "positive contribution and influence in the community" at a primary school function.

Nzimande urged members of the public to be cautious and to reject such qualifications. He also stated that an investigation was being conducted.

"I have already requested that the Council of Higher Education (CHE) investigate and advise on appropriate action on all reported cases of bogus honorary degrees," he said.

In preparation for the 2022 academic year, the minister also advised prospective students to confirm the legality of any program or course offered by institutions before enrolling in order to avoid falling victim to illegal operations.

He directed them to the registers of private higher education institutions and private colleges, which can be found on the website of the Department of Higher Education and Training.


The way celebrities are getting bogus qualifications lately it is like they dont do a research about the institution they want to enroll into they just go for affordability

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