Karonga Polytechnic has sued the University of South Africa popularly known as UNISA demanding R10 million for breach of contract and aggravated damages as well as defamation.
The development follows the statement which UNISA released in the social media that it has terminated its agreement with Karonga Polytechnic.
The case will be held in a South African High Court, according to Karonga Polytechnic Director of Studies Emmanuel Silungwe.
Silungwe said this is due to the fact that all judgments in Malawian High Courts are not enforced in South Africa as advised by their legal counsel.
“We have indeed sued the UNISA for breach of contract, aggravated damages and defamation,” said Silungwe.
According to him, Karonga Polytechnic is also asking UNISA through the same High Court to honor the rights of students in the Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2007 between Karonga Polytechnic and UNISA if really it’s true that they have indeed terminated the contract.
“They are 2 different mixed messages coming from UNISA with the same officer Siza Magubane who old a local daily paper that UNISA terminated in 2012 while in todays unsigned Press Statement she says it was in April 2014,” wondered Silungwe.
“We further demand that all students be helped according to the agreement. If all these shall be done then we shall be at liberty to ask through the same Court for the Vice Principal, Strategic Partnership and UNISA Lawyers to give us the next direction,” he added.
He therefore insisted that Karonga Polytechnic remained the only UNISA Licensee in Malawi till all is followed according to the MOU.
The UNISA statement is also warning students in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia not to register with Karonga Polytechnic however Silungwe quashed saying his institution is not mandated to operate outside the country as per signed agreement.
Nyasa Times learnt hat communication between Karonga Polytechnic and very senior UNISA Officials is very cordial with the latest meeting in August between Silungwe and a Ms Khomotso from UNISA at Capital Hotel-Lilongwe and the November visit to South Africa by Karonga Polytechnic officials for a Student training.