Lecturer feels let down by colleagues

2013-08-26 00:00

A WOMAN who forced the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s hand in firing a lecturer facing sexual harassment allegations, feels let down by some of her colleagues.

Kellie Steinke, a lecturer in the School of Language within the Management Studies Department at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus, said she will be leaving the institution earlier than anticipated due to pressure from some colleagues.

“While I have had the support of former staff members, others have met me with either silence or anger. But I cannot apologise, because I did the right thing,” said Steinke.

She said what gave her the courage to come forward was the fact she was leaving the university in any case this week. However, she said it is likely she will not see the week through.

Last week, The Witness revealed how UKZN had rehired the former head of the enriched management studies (EMS) programme, Jabulani Zikhali.

Zikhali had left EMS in October 2012 for “personal reasons”, while the university undertook an investigation into claims of sexual harassment by several women employed by the university. In April 2013, Zikhali was re-employed at the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at Howard College campus.

After The Witness approached the university on August 14 with the claim that Zikhali had been re-employed, Zikhali was dismissed on August 16.

The university said they had dismissed Zikhali due to his alleged non-disclosure of information when rehired, although they would not clarify further.

Zikhali has dismissed the claims, has sought legal assistance, and has demanded the university provide him with evidence of the sexual harassment claim.

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