Despite the matter still being under investigation, the president and founder of Shepherd Bushiri International (SBI), Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has quickly reacted and refuted reports which have been circulating that he runs a bogus University in Pretoria, South Africa.
The self proclaimed Prophet has labelled the rumours as false and misleading regarding the Shepherd Bushiri International University.
“Contrary to these false allegations, the SB International University is not operating illegally. In fact, the university is yet to be officially launched in South Africa once registration has been finalized later this year. However, my church has hired the Tshwane Institute of Technology to train and equip some of our pastors on a short course in Theology as we wait for SBI to finalise its credentials”, read part of his statement.
Bushiri further said as a higher education institution that will offer legitimate academic qualifications, the university is following all the necessary procedures required by the law in South Africa to obtain registration.
It was aired on SABC that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is investigating owners of a suspected bogus international university located at the Old Mutual Building, between Francis Baard and Steve Biko Streets in Arcadia, Pretoria.
Dr Shaheeda Essack, Director of Private Higher Education Institutions said that on the allegations that the Shepherd Bushiri International University is operating as part of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), an act of that nature would be fraudulent and illegal.
According to DHET, preliminary investigations have established that the institution is operating under the name of Shepherd Bushiri University and its not registered with the Department as either a private college or private higher education institution as required by law.
They said neither is the institution accredited to offer courses that are accredited with the relevant quality assurer – Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
The Department of Education in South Africa treats this case very seriously and has approached the law enforcement authorities to assist with further investigations. The Department has since sent a warning letter to the institution’s operators who runs it under the name of Shepherd Bushiri instructing them to cease any illegal operations with immediate effect.
The Department has since urged prospective students to remain vigilant and to verify the accreditation credentials of institutions with the Department before deciding to enrol.