Campus-wide harassment probe at Wits

2013-03-07 17:34

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.

  • Vaughan - 2013-03-07 17:55

    When did South Africa become such a sex obsessed country?

      jerry.medina.756 - 2013-03-07 18:10

      Always has been. Just that cases were never reported.

      Willie Olivier - 2013-03-07 18:21

      Since people get killed in the process

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-03-07 18:42

      @Vaughan.., Mmmm, lets think about that... ...aaah - since POLOKWANE 2007..!!!

      jeremy002 - 2013-03-08 06:44

      Easy one. Ever since the proliferation of pornography. Now even a kid of any age who knows how to press a few keys on a cell phone can access the very worst, most debauched kinds of porn available. However, the purveyors of this stuff hide behind all sorts of liberal laws which protect them, but fail to protect the most vulnerable. I know that by writing this I am opening myself to a massive barrage of criticism, deeply steeped in hate, but I can live with that. I would rather the truth be told, and it is the truth that exposure to porn affects men (and women) one way or another, and a lot of them go off the rails, as evidenced by the main article above. The government's weak, liberal approach to the matter does not help one bit, in fact it aids and abetts it. Do you know that it used to be a capital crime and that under certain circumstances a rapist could hang for his deeds? @jerry.medina - no it has not always been like that, in fact rape was a much more reported crime when it happened, because the victims knew they could expect real justice. Read up on the stats.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-07 18:19

    Future pompers!!

  • Richard - 2013-03-07 18:23

    What is going on. Has this whole country suddenly become a bunch of sex starved perverts. We only still read about rape and sexual assaults.

  • Richard - 2013-03-07 18:25

    @ Gads what you mean get used to it. Are you saying that you condone the rape and sexual assault going on in this country. Shame on you. Your own people are being abused and you say get used to it. Maybe you need to go spend a month in jail and then get used to it.

  • afrikeni - 2013-03-07 18:48

    This witch hunt, some will be innocent victims if someone has an axe to grind!!!

  • Joe Smit - 2013-03-07 18:56

    We have great leaders. They set the standards.....

      reginald.dube - 2013-03-07 20:53

      i feel sorry for you if you let any leader set the standard.

  • Pierre Jansen - 2013-03-07 21:02

    he was being sarcastic..halloooooo anyone home

  • Graeme Stockwell - 2013-03-08 06:32

    Another crook on paid "special leave"

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