Publication: Sunday Times
Reporter: Megan Power
Reporter: Jocelyn Maker
Academic Faces Inquiry over Shaik Thesis Scandal
Megan Power, Jocelyn Maker
University of KwaZulu-Natal professor, implicated in the Chippy Shaik fake
degree scandal, faces a disciplinary inquiry this
Suspended academic, Professor Sarp Adali, one of several
internationally acclaimed researchers involved in the awarding of Shaik’s
doctorate degree in 2003, will answer misconduct
charges related to his role in the dodgy
A Sunday Times investigation in May revealed that
Shaik’s PhD in mechanical engineering was plagiarised. It showed that portions
had been regurgitated from journal papers of other
authors without proper acknowledgement. Shaik has denied this.
authorities are investigating allegations that Shaik was paid a R21-million
bribe by German arms manufacturer ThyssenKrupp.
At the internal hearing,
scheduled for Thursday, one of the questions Adali will be required to answer is
why he accepted and/or neglected to act properly as head of department,
co-supervisor and examiner of the thesis
- Failed to ensure that independent examiners were appointed
- Accepted large portions of Shaik’s thesis as his own, unaided work when it
had been copied from previously published work, without proper reference.
The university has appointed Shepstone & Wylie attorney
Michael Maeso to prosecute. An independent advocate will chair the inquiry.
Adali’s attorney Brett Purdon said on Friday that his client would plead not
guilty. He declined to comment further.
With acknowledgement to
Govender and Sunday Times.