Vuka Tshabalala appointed DUT chancellor

2012-03-31 07:00

KwaZulu-Natal’s colourful former judge president, Vuka Tshabalala, has been appointed as the new chancellor of the Durban University of Technology.

Tshabalala, who recently retired from the bench, replaces human rights activist Ela Gandhi as chancellor and takes up office from April 1.

Born in Orlando East in Soweto, Tshabalala grew up in Durban and studied at the University of Fort Hare and the then University of Natal before becoming KwaZulu-Natal’s first black advocate.

A keen patron of the arts and music lover, Tshabalala faced serious resistance from some of his white peers during the selection processes for the judge president’s post but was successful nonetheless.

DUT spokesperson Alan Khan said Tshabalala had played an important role in the development of the city and the province’s legal fraternity and had mentored many influential South Africans over the years.

“We are thrilled that he has the opportunity to continue to make a positive contribution to the lives of our staff and students at DUT,” said Khan.

Tshabalala has held leadership positions in business, sporting, education, and cultural organisations, including residents’ organisations and the YMCA.

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