UKZN Staffer Passionate about Forensic Investigations
Principal Academic Administrative Officer in the College of Health Sciences, Ms Suvanie Chetty, has been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, specialising in Forensic Investigations and Criminal Justice.
Passionate about doing in depth investigations coupled with a desire to qualify as an industrial forensic investigator, Chetty says she has always been fascinated by forensics and that her favourite course during her studies was Forensic Psychology. ‘I’m intrigued by the manner in which we are taught to approach an alleged suspect and interpret their behaviour.’
After matriculating from Durban Girls Secondary School, Chetty enrolled for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Industrial Organisational and Labour Studies, going on to graduate with an Honours degree.
Based on the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine campus, Chetty is responsible for the management of UKZN examinations processes, admissions and selections, registration and Graduation.
With a love for nature, Chetty enjoys taking walks on the beach; travelling and baking. She says she is by no means a fitness fanatic. ‘I leave that to my mum who’s an avid sportswoman having run the Two Oceans marathon for charity. She is currently fundraising for the SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind.
In recalling her own personal experiences over the last two years, when many allegations of fraud and corruption were levelled at Chetty and her team, she said, ‘It’s been an interesting time for us and certainly not an easy one. I remain steadfast in my commitment and dedication to upholding the policies of UKZN and ensuring good governance at all times. The KPMG investigation exonerated us from all the allegations but the reputational damage caused by the media reports will remain with us for many years to come. Working in the College of Health Sciences has definitely been a riveting experience and has aided my maturity. The College staff under the Directorship of Professor Fanie Botha, have been very supportive and we have a family orientated relationship which always comforts me during extremely stressful times,’ said Chetty.
‘Being brought up in a humble home, I have been taught that education is the key to success and hence my drive toward studying. Essentially I have learned to make the best of every situation and remain humble.’
Chetty’s manager, Mrs Ranitha Ramdeyal, congratulated her saying: ‘Suvanie’s achievement is definitely something to be proud of, especially in the light of all her experiences with both internal forensic and external forensic investigations and litigation. Her decision to study a diploma in this field bears testament to her belief in justice and the truth. I’m sure that the knowledge she has gained will assist her to continue managing her portfolio with integrity and dedication regardless of the associated challenges. I am privileged to have her as a member of my staff and have full confidence in her work ethic.’