- Controversial former spy chief Arthur Fraser has admitted lying about having a University of London bachelor’s degree
- In an attempt to explain the disorder, Fraser said he graduated from the London College of Communication in 1995.
- South Africans have served the former prisons boss choice words, with many mocking the circus nature of the situation
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JOHANNESBURG — Former Department of Corrections commissioner Arthur Fraser has made a surprising turnaround on his claims he held a degree from the University of London after he was caught lying.
Fraser, who previously served as head of intelligence, said on his official CV that he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the globally recognized tertiary institution.
In his explanation, the controversial former spy said he graduated in 1995 from the London College of Communication which at the time was known as “London College of Printing”. News24 reported.
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When his alleged deception was discovered last Thursday last week, Fraser refused to provide proof of his qualification. Fraser controversially signed former President Jacob Zuma’s medical release from prison, where he had been sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
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An investigation by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw — author of The President’s Keepers, a 2017 book that explores allegedly corrupt and compromised power networks in the Zuma administration — found that Fraser had no affiliation with the University. from London.
The former prisons boss has sued Pauw and his publishers for more than 30 million rand over ‘false and defamatory’ claims set out in the book, including damning allegations of corruption in the management of the Prison Security Agency. ‘State (SSA), The citizen reported.
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South Africans have repeatedly castigated Fraser over his supposed degree from the prestigious University of London. In brief News looks at some of the scathing remarks.
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@Rahema Busisiwe Ditshego wrote:
“That’s a good idea. Imagine telling your kids that you graduated but don’t have any proof? Bayothi u bhemile.”
@Roméo Simelane said:
“What a joke. Do these people have their qualifications checked before being employed in key government positions? The lawlessness in South Africa is shocking.”
@Tsheko Godfrey Molesiwa added:
“Most of the abelungu, their qualifications are lost or destroyed. They work with sworn qualifications.”
Source: News in Brief