Pandor disbands Fort Hare University Council

2019-04-27 09:28
Naledi Pandor, minister van hoëronderwys en -opleiding. Foto: Daily Sun

Naledi Pandor, minister van hoëronderwys en -opleiding. Foto: Daily Sun

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Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor has dissolved the council at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape.

This follows after a range of reports in the media of purported divisions within the university's council, the misconduct of senior officials and suspensions served on them as a result.

Pandor said she had to "intervene directly to ensure good governance" and appointed an administrator and former Wits university vice-chancellor Professor Loyiso Nongxa. 

"I have decided to appoint an administrator to take over the governance of the University of Fort Hare for a period of twelve months, effective immediately," said Pandor.

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Pandor said: "I have taken the decision to intervene directly to ensure good governance at the university and to make certain that an environment conducive to teaching, learning and research prevails."

Vice-chancellor and principal Professor Sakhela Buhlungu will remain at the institution while Nongxa takes charge of the council.

Pandor said she was confident that Nongxa would carry out the task assigned to him "with the utmost integrity and commitment."

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She hoped Nongxa would receive the unqualified support of all members of the University of Fort Hare community, and be given the space to undertake this important responsibility.

"The University of Fort Hare is rightly the focus of public concern given its important status in the history of our country, its considerable contribution to the intellectual life of South Africa, and the role that it plays in our public higher education system in one of our poorest provinces," continued Pandor.

The minister said that she would do everything to support the institution to ensure that it functioned optimally.

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