Jansen’s fate is UFS matter

2009-10-30 11:47

THE recent call by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and cabinet spokes­person Themba Maseko for University of Free State vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen to review his decision to pardon the so-called ­Reitz Four smacks of ­political abuse of power.

Their insistence that the four, who allegedly urinated on food given to black workers at the university, should ­apologise to their victims defies logic. Remorse is not only shown by personally apologising to victims. It can also be ­expressed in a letter, which ­letter was sent to Jansen by the four white students.

It must also be remembered that there is a criminal case of crimen injuria that is ongoing against the four. Why not wait for a verdict before making such a hullabaloo?

Is it because the victims are blacks? Where else in the world do a trade union and political party call for the removal of a university vice-chancellor? Only in South Africa.

The decision to appoint or remove Jansen rests exclusively with the senate council of the university.

What we have been witnessing recently, and mainly from the ANC, its youth league and alliance partners, in regard to Jansen’s actions erodes the legacy of Nelson Mandela and other who played significant roles in ensuring that this country attained freedom.
Puleng Mmila

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