Tafa’s multiple roles: Is there a conflict of interest?

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Fears that Parks Tafa is a conflicted party in his provision of legal expertise to the university are as old as the hills. The debate was recently ignited through an inquiry by MP for Gabane-Mankgodi Major General Pius Mokgware on law firms engaged by UB, and fees paid for their services in the past five years.

Parliament was told Collins Newman & Co, and Chibanda Makgalemele were the two law firms that offered legal services to the University.

Upon the education ministry’s response, Mokgware further asked whether there was no conflict of interest in this arrangement because the UB council chairperson, Parks is a partner in one of the law firms representing the institution; Collins Newman & Co.Assistant education minister, Kgotla Autlwetse, said the criterion to select the law firms was based on trust and confidence and fees paid were determined by the nature of the cases they handled. 

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