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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

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