Student body hails axing of university principal

2008-08-25 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party-aligned SA Democratic Students’ Movement (Sadesmo) feels “vindicated” by the suspension of Mangosuthu University of Technology vice-chancellor and principal Aaron Ndlovu.

The university’s executive committee council, chaired by eThekwini Mayor Obed Mlaba, told Ndlovu to take immediate compulsory leave last week.

In a statement, the council said an independent inquiry has been launched to look at “discrepancies” around the issue of governance and to investigate the money payable by the university to Ndlovu.

Sadesmo provincial chairman Brian Masondo said: “We as Sadesmo feel vindicated. It proves that when comrades participated in a strike early in the year against such issues, they were not lying.”

He accused Ndlovu of running the institution “like a spaza shop”, saying it is hoped that investigations will be conducted properly.

Masondo is one of the eight students suspended for a year after the strike in March that brought the institution to a standstill. The IFP called on Education Minister Naledi Pandor to intervene in what the party saw as unfair treatment of Sadesmo members.

Masondo said he believes it was the efforts of the Students’ Representative Council that led to Ndlovu’s suspension. “Sadesmo has long criticised the shortages of lecturers, amounting to 76 vacant posts being advertised in July. That was proof enough that we … had genuine concerns.”

The Witness understands that the probe is set to look at the circumstances surrounding the purchase of Ndlovu’s farm at Mthsezi, Estcourt.

In 2000, Ndlovu was suspended during an investigation of nepotism and illegal expenditure. He was later cleared. He reportedly earns R3,2 million a year.

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