Portfolio committee changes tune on inquiry into Sefako Makgatho VC

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Professor Peter Mbati. Picture: univen.ac.za
Professor Peter Mbati. Picture: univen.ac.za


In a sudden change of tune, the portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology has announced the postponement of its inquiry into the appointment of Professor Peter Mbati as vice-chancellor of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, in order to allow legal processes to unfold.

Three months ago, its chairperson Philly Mapulane led a very vocal and scathing campaign against Mbati’s supposedly improper appointment due to allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him at the University of Venda (Univen). Mapulane also reportedly accused the department of higher education, science and technology for lacking political will in enforcing that the Univen Council hold Mbati accountable.

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