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Ombud faces awl after file labels UCT vice-chancellor ‘a bully’


By Edwin Naidu 1h in the past

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Cape Town – Amid ongoing rigidity on the University of Cape Town, ombud Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa is dealing with the awl after her file labelled the vice-chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng, a “bully”.

Her refusal to amend her file has ended in her being served with a realize of suspension by way of e mail by means of registrar Royston Pillay this week.

The suspension follows a number of failed makes an attempt by means of council chairperson Babalwa Ngonyama to rein within the ombud and mend the connection between Phakeng and Makamandela-Mguqulwa.

Pillay despatched an e mail to Makamandela-Mguqulwa asking her to wait a gathering on the request of Ngonyama.

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss allegations of misconduct against you. Miriam Hoosain will be present in the capacity of HR representative in terms of UCT policy and process.”

In a 2nd e mail, Pillay stated: “The meeting was intended to advise you (Makamandela-Mguqulwa) that UCT has become aware of allegations of misconduct against you and intends placing you on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation on those allegations.”

“You have the right to be accompanied by a representative – either a colleague employee of your choice or alternatively a representative from your recognised UCT trade union,” he wrote.

The assembly is scheduled to happen the next day at 10am on campus.

Makamandela-Mguqulwa stated she used to be in search of prison recommendation.

The push to do away with the ombud started final month when Ngonyama in a letter to council participants, on August 18, accused Makamandela-Mguqulwa of being a “law unto itself”.

“In my view, it has reached a point now where the council has to take a firm position on this matter. We cannot allow this situation to continue where the ombud believes that she is above council. This would be a very dangerous precedent to set. I am also mindful of the fact that her term ends in December 2020,” Ngonyama wrote.

Ngonyama informed council participants that mediation had failed and the connection between Phakeng and the ombud had damaged down after the file’s unlock in July. In the file, the ombud raised considerations of 37 teachers who accused Phakeng of bullying.

The file says 663 other folks complained about problems associated with the college, and 37 had complained in regards to the behavior of the vice-chancellor the place “people felt bullied, silenced, undermined, rebuked and/or treated unfairly”.

The newest salvo follows conferences between the ombud and Ngonyama with council deputy chairperson Nazeema Mohamed throughout which power used to be placed on her to physician or take away connection with bullying claims in opposition to Phakeng.

The administrative center of the ombud used to be established in 2011 to reveal dedication to the simply, honest and equitable remedy of each and every member of the college neighborhood – however not anything has been achieved in regards to the bullying claims.