UCT decides not to suspend staff member who allegedly posted on Facebook about wanting to kill his child

2018-08-16 14:52
The University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall. (James de Villiers, News24, File)

The University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall. (James de Villiers, News24, File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has decided not to suspend the staff member who allegedly posted on Facebook that he wanted to rape and kill his 2-year-old child while he was suffering from depression.

Vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said that following a pre-suspension meeting which was held on Wednesday it was decided the lecturer be placed on a compulsory leave of absence on medical grounds. 

"We further determined that the necessary interventions will be made available to support him," Phakeng said.

She added that the lecturer had been removed from teaching before he posted the messages. 

Read: UCT acts against staff member who allegedly posted on Facebook about wanting to kill child, 2

"The staff member involved had the right to attend the meeting with a union member or an employee representative of his choice," Phakeng said. 

She said the staff member made his representations on why he should not be suspended, and all the information presented would be considered.  

Right to a fair process

"We took the decision to proceed with the preliminary investigation into the entire matter with urgency," Phakeng said. 

Phakeng has assured staff, students and parents that the university would urgently act on the matter because it recognised its importance.

Also read: UCT academics call for inquiry into Professor Mayosi's death

"We continuously strive for, and remain committed to, creating and maintaining a climate on campus that is aligned with the values of UCT, which includes upholding the dignity of all people," she said. 

Phakeng added that the lecturer had the right to a fair process, and that the university would ensure that relevant labour legislation is followed meticulously.  

She said while the process is followed, necessary support would also be made available to anyone who may need it. 

Read more on:    uct  |  cape town  |  social media

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.