Dzuguda Rufus Kharidzha



Is an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner (APR), Holds a Certificate in Public Relations (1990) and a Diploma in Business Management from Executive Education College of Management (2009).He obtained a Diploma in Municipal Governance from UJ (2004), B.A. (S.W) (1974), B.A. Hons (S.W) (1982) and a Masters in Development Studies (2003) from the University of Limpopo; founded and directed Univen Community Radio (1996-2008); served  at the University of Venda as Director: Public Relations (1989-2008);  was a member and later Chairperson of the Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board (2002-2008); the MD of Mutapa Cooperative Financial Institution.

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Rufus Kharidzha, director of public relations and development at the University of Venda, has quit instead of facing a misconduct hearing.

Sources say Kharidzha’s resignation comes after his R1million settlement proposal was rejected by management and he was advised to resign instead.

He was due to appear before the disciplinary committee last week on allegations that he and former executive director of finance and planning Tendani Ramulongo channelled more than R70 000 in bursary funds into their relatives’ bank accounts.

Kharidzha and Ramulongo were suspended in April.

According to the university’s manual on disciplinary procedures the two directors were not supposed to have benefited from the bursary funds since they were eligible for other grants on offer to staff members.

Sowetan was reliably informed that the university council and management were at odds as to how the two men’s cases should be resolved.

Registrar Khuliso Nemadzivhanani said they rejected the settlement proposal and accepted his resignation instead for the benefit of the institution.

“We accepted his resignation in line with university policy,” Nemadzivhanani said.

“Initially he did not want to resign but suggested a settlement. We found that unacceptable.”

The funds in question were donated by Xstrata and the South African Reserve Bank.

In his report Nemadzivhanani said the beneficiaries should not have benefitted from the bursary funds since they were related to him.

He also said that neither the university foundation nor the board were informed of the relationship.

The audit report shows that there are six other officials who have also violated the same procedures.

The report also discloses that some of the students were not supposed to have benefited since there were blatant instances of conflict of interest.

But Nemadzivhanani said the university had not opened a civil case against fired employee Ndina Eunice Nevhulamba, who allegedly issued a contract to her own company, Fhulufhelani Printing.

Nevhulamba generated more than R2 million from the university during the period of her employment.

She was sacked as a result of her corrupt activities.

But Sowetan understands that Nemadzivhanani also authorised the order made by Fhulufhelani for the supply of diaries, calendars and notebooks to the university.

Situated in the rolling green hills of Thoyohandou, Univen serves the surrounding impoverished villages. Since its inception in 1982 it has, for many, been the only hope of escaping the talons of poverty. But it was a dump. Until recently, students attended lectures in dilapidated lecture halls with limited learning resources. They were accommodated in neglected student residences, sometimes without running water and proper sanitation, typical of an apartheid bush college.

The university was established to cater for 5 500 students but numbers grew to 11 600, resulting in overcrowding. Rumours abound that there were sometimes six students to a room, making for cramped learning conditions.

“Between 2004 and 2005 the residences were falling apart. Windows and doors were broken and the drains were blocked,” says Univen registrar Khuliso Nemadzivhanani. “At some point you’d find students attending lessons outside because the lecture halls were falling apart.”

However, Univen spokesperson Dzuguda Rufus Kharidzha describes the institution as a home for financially struggling students and the surrounding community. He says most Univen students live at home with their parents, where discipline and a hunger for knowledge are honed. “That’s why we have never had problems such as demonstrations by disgruntled students. Univen students are driven by an insatiable hunger for knowledge, which in turn overrides the difficulties and poverty they are facing.”

Second-year media studies student Shonisani Phaswana says students from other institutions have claimed that Univen offers second-rate qualifications. “All I want to say to them is that we are here because we know what we want and that no one is better than the other. Anyway, here in Venda we are committed to our studies and have no time to fool around,” she says.

The audit was sparked last year following disclosures that university spokesperson Rufus Kharidzha and acting finance director Tendai Ramulongo allegedly used money from the government’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme and XStrata, earmarked for poor students, to pay for the education of their own dependants. They were suspended in March.

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