Unisa has denied any malfeasance, maladministration or corruption alleged by suspended executive director for legal services Advocate Modidima Mannya.
On Friday, the university finally responded to Mannya’s suspension, almost a week after he divulged damning details to reporters.
In a statement, Unisa said it had taken note of a story that had appeared on a few media platforms pertaining to the suspension of Mannya, who had issued a statement that had brought the matter to the public’s attention.
Unisa confirmed Mannya’s suspension and reiterated that:
- All the requisite internal processes were followed before arriving at the decision to suspend him; and
- It had communicated this decision to him through confidential correspondence, in which the reasons for his suspension were provided.
“Unisa, however, informed only internal stakeholders of this decision due to the potential prejudice the suspension may have on university operations, while of course also wanting to safeguard the integrity of its disciplinary process and Advocate Mannya’s constitutional right to privacy. The assertion by Advocate Mannya that Unisa is out to tarnish his image is, therefore, denied, as he himself elected to place this matter in the public domain and not Unisa.
“Advocate Mannya has elected to pursue the matter in court and the it will be vigorously defended by Unisa. It is, however, recorded that Unisa intends to maintain its long-standing practice of not dealing with matters between itself and its employees via the media. Unisa will henceforth refrain from engaging in any discussion on the merits of its dispute with Advocate Mannya, which dispute is sub judice,” the statement read.
The university said it was regrettable that Mannya chose to make “unfounded and vexatious allegations” against some individuals and structures of the university, including some individuals who were no longer there.
“Any allegations of malfeasance, maladministration and/or corruption are denied, and Advocate Mannya is well aware of the appropriate legal entities where such allegations may be reported, as opposed to merely raising these in the media without providing any substance therefore. Should he wish to pursue these allegations in the appropriate forum, Unisa’s rights to defend these allegations are reserved.”