NWU suspends former SRC president for 3 years

By Drum Digital
26 February 2016

The North West University has suspended the former SRC president of its Mahikeng campus for three years for misconduct, the institution said on Friday.

Linda Benz Mabengwane was found guilty at a disciplinary hearing of five of the six charges brought against him, university spokesperson Koos Degenaar said in a statement on the NWU's website.

The five charges were: disrupting the institution's registration process at the campus in January; assaulting a fellow student; violating a court interdict; interfering with managerial functions; and engaging with the media on topics intended to bring the NWU into disrepute.

Mabengwane was informed of the university's decision on Thursday, after the hearing.

The university had been instructed to notify all other higher education institutions in the country of Mabengwane's conviction and penalty, Degenaar said.

"He was informed that he has the right to appeal against the disciplinary process, the guilty finding of the committee and/or the disciplinary sanction imposed upon him," Degenaar said.

Mabengwane said he could not immediately comment on the decision as he was still consulting his lawyers.

He had five days after being notified of his suspension to lodge the appeal.

Source: News24

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