South African based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is back in the news for the wrong reasons.
The state owned South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has disclosed that Bushiri is operating a fake university in the rainbow nation.
“The Shepherd Bushiri International University is not a university that is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training” reports SABC, quoting Dr Shaheeda Essack, Director of South Africa’s Private Higher Education Institutions.
The announcement comes after the department received complaints from prospective students and the public about a bogus university operating in central Pretoria.
“Prospective students and the public suspected the institution, operating under the name Shepherd Bushiri University, might be bogus,” said Department spokesperson Madikwe Mabotha.
However, the university says they are not fully operational due to paperwork constraints.
On the allegations that the Shepard Bushiri International University is operating as part of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Dr Essack says an act of that nature would be fraudulent and illegal.
The department has also warned prospective students not to fall prey to such schemes and verify whether an institution is registered or not.
The university is operating in the Old Mutual Building, between Francis Baard and Steve Biko streets in Arcadia, Pretoria.
Mabotha said preliminary investigations had established the institution was not registered with the department.
“It is neither registered as a private college or private higher education institution as required by law. We also established it is not accredited to offer the courses advertised on its Facebook page.”
Mabotha said the department has instructed the university to cease any illegal operations with immediate effect as an investigation into the owners of the university has also been opened.
“The department treats this case very seriously, and has approached law enforcement authorities to assist with further investigations”.