TSHABALALA AND THE DUT
Independent assessor Professor Chabani Manganyi found in 2006 that Ellen Tshabalala had meddled in the affairs of running the Durban University of Technology (DUT) by putting herself in committees responsible for running the institution, bypassing important governance structures and signing contracts on behalf of the DUT.
Then education minister Naledi Pandor had ordered a probe into the DUT, largely because of deteriorating relations between Tshabalala as council chairperson and vicechancellor Bonganjalo Goba.
Manganyi found the council had held “endless special meetings”.
“The council overtime became grossly inefficient, unintentionally assumed the role of a bottleneck, which retarded timely implementation of important decisions. In time, a council with four scheduled meetings for 2005 added numerous special meetings and ‘continuation’ meetings.”
He found very few substantive decisions had been taken at meetings. His report led to the council’s dissolution and Tshabalala’s departure as chairperson.
– Caiphus Kgosana