I’m not going anywhere, says UFS’s Jansen

2016-04-26 15:19
UFS vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

UFS vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – The University of Free State's vice chancellor, Professor Jonathan Jansen, has denied rumours that he is quitting his job.  

Since he joined the university in 2009, he had received e-mails from various media houses asking him if he was planning to resign, he told News24 on Monday.  

"I am not going anywhere. These speculations about me leaving have gone on forever. I receive e-mails every day asking me if I am leaving.

"I was appointed by the Council with the recommendation of the Senate and the stakeholders of the university, and so the day they tell me to go, they won't even have to ask. I would just go, and they haven't done that. Instead they have asked me the opposite, which is that I shouldn't go."

During student protests in February, one group called for Jansen's removal. Protesters spray-painted “JJ must fall” on a building on the Bloemfontein campus.

"As media you have to ask yourselves, are you really going to listen to students who opportunistically say vice chancellors must fall? I still have a lot to do, and when the time is right, I will obviously leave."   

Jansen said since he joined the university, he had seen a tremendous change, but there was still a long way to go. He was pleased with the progress that had been made and said there was diversity on campus.

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