UNESWA still not clear about registrar’s controversial leave
BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI
Contrary to reports that he had resigned, University of Eswatini ( UNESWA) Registrar Dr Salebona Simelane is still an employee of the institution.
This was confirmed by the registrar and his deputy this past week. Two weeks ago, members of the public, students and UNESWA staff were made to believe that Simelane had resigned from the institution on the grounds that he was unhappy with an ongoing restructuring process. As per the report, the university strategic plan had somehow phased out the position of the registrar by removing some duties and powers from the office of the registrar.
The allegations were to the effect that these duties were transferred to the office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor. Furthermore, there were allegations that the registrar was considering suing the university on the grounds of constructive dismissal. However, Acting Registrar Ambrose Gama when called this week, said he was not aware of the resignation and the allegations. Gama wondered where such information came from as the institution was not aware of the resignation of Simelane and therefore considered him as the employee of the university who is on leave.
He however did not get into the details and duration of Simelane’s leave, referring further questions to the registrar. Suggesting that he had resigned from the institution saying he never at any point told anyone that he had resigned. “I do not know where that matter came from but the reporter claimed to have interviewed Simelane, yet on our side we do not know anything about the resignation. Where was the information obtained; we don’t know? Please talk to Dr Simelane,” he said.
When asked about the details of the leave including when Simelane is expected back at work, Gama said: “I will get back to you.” Dr Simelane said he was still an employee of the university on leave but also did not like to disclose the duration of his leave as he referred questions to the acting registrar.
“Who said I am no longer an employee of the university; did you see the resignation letter? I’m still with the university but currently I am on leave; I have never said I have resigned. I am an employee of the university, go and seek information from the acting registrar so he will give you accurate information. Just yesterday I was in the university working even though I am on leave; whenever they need me I go and work and return home,” he clarified. Simelane disputed all the allegations concerning him leaving and intending to sue the university. When asked about the duration of his leave, Simelane referred questions to the acting registrar, requesting not to respond to the question.