UFH lec­turer re­signs in sex as­sault furore

Daily Dispatch - - News - SINO MAJANGAZA sinom@dis­patch.co.za

A for­mer Univer­sity of Fort Hare lec­turer ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a stu­dent re­signed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, the same day a sec­ond for­mal com­plaint was laid against him.

Univer­sity spokesper­son Khotso Moabi con­firmed to the Daily Dis­patch that a com­plaint of sex­ual as­sault came to the at­ten­tion of univer­sity man­age­ment of the univer­sity, “but was not pro­cessed as the lec­turer in ques­tion had re­signed by then”.

Moabi said the lec­turer re­signed via an e-mail on Oc­to­ber 19 with­out no­tice “mean­ing his last day of work was the 19th Oc­to­ber 2018”.

Moabi said dis­ci­plinary in­quiry pro­ceed­ings against the lec­turer for a pre­vi­ous com­plaint were ini­ti­ated and com­pleted.

“His res­ig­na­tion came while the univer­sity is await­ing for the dis­ci­plinary in­quiry chair­per­son re­port and find­ings,” said Moabi.

Po­lice spokesper­son War­rant Of­fi­cer Hazel Mqala con­firmed to the Daily Dis­patch that one case of sex­ual as­sault was re­ported.

Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity spokesper­son Tsepo Nd­walaza mean­while said that both cases were still un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The dock­ets have not been handed to the pros­e­cu­tor. I can only com­ment once the mat­ter is in court,” he said.

SRC deputy pres­i­dent Son­wabiso Mamkeli said upon re­ceiv­ing the com­plaint, they went straight to the fac­ulty to en­quire about the al­le­ga­tions.

“We were sat­is­fied with how they han­dled the mat­ter,” he said.

He said they were very clear on their stance as the SRC on the is­sue of gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

“There is no room for sex­ual vi­o­lence and any kind of abuse that seeks to un­der­mine fe­male stu­dents.”

A source from the univer­sity, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, claimed the first vic­tim stopped at­tend­ing mod­ules taught by the lec­turer.

“As the ac­cused was al­ready un­der­go­ing dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for the first case, he should not have been around stu­dents,” said the source.

Moabi said the univer­sity viewed sex­ual ha­rass­ment as se­ri­ous, say­ing the mat­ter was dealt with with the ur­gency it de­served.

Aphiwe Ntle­meza of Stand As One Against Gen­der-based Vi­o­lence, said they were wor­ried that sex­ual as­sault of stu­dents was still hap­pen­ing and that vic­tims were not get­ting the nec­es­sary sup­port.

“Policies are there, but not im­ple­mented. Noth­ing much has been done against the per­pe­tra­tors,” she said.

There is no room for sex­ual vi­o­lence and any kind of abuse that seeks to un­der­mine fe­male stu­dents Son­wabiso Mamkeli SRC deputy pres­i­dent

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