Campus-wide harassment probe at Wits

2013-03-07 17:34


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is undertaking a campus-wide probe into sexual harassment, its management said on Thursday.

Sexual harassment allegations against a lecturer were also being investigated, acting rector Tawana Kupe said in a statement.

The campus investigation would be completed in August this year, he said.

"This inquiry is being led by the head of the centre of applied legal studies, Professor Bonita Meyersfeld, and Joe Mathibe, from an external law firm.

"This independent inquiry will assess existing policies and procedures which ought to be in place at the university, for the purpose of preventing instances of sexual harassment."

It would seek to come up with recommendations on ways to prevent and address future occurrences of sexual harassment.

"Members of the investigation committee will refer allegations against specific individuals to the university," said Kupe.

The investigation into a member of staff accused of sexual harassment was continuing.

The lecturer was currently on special leave.

"It is anticipated that this entire investigation will be completed within the next two to three months, subject to no delays occurring and the number of witnesses coming forward," Kupe said.

"The university is appealing to staff and students to formally report all incidences of sexual harassment, so that they can be investigated immediately."

On Tuesday, Wits said it had ended a lecturer's contract after past accusations of sexual harassment, which he had failed to disclose, came to light.

Read more on:    wits  |  johannesburg  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.