Sexual harassment cases concluded


You will recall that the University was investigating four academics who were accused of sexual harassment this year. Three of the accused were dismissed by the University with immediate effect, following the outcomes of their respective disciplinary hearings.

A fourth lecturer accused of sexual harassment has now resigned and is no longer in the employ of the University.

In effect, this brings to an end the individual cases that the University has been investigating around sexual harassment. It also provides us with an opportunity to remember that Wits has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of sexual harassment and that it will deal decisively with any such matters.

Wits is actively establishing an adequate Sexual Harassment structure, which will be stewarded by Professor Bonita Meyersfeld, and that will henceforth deal with all matters related to sexual harassment at the University. We will keep you updated of developments on this front, as they occur.

Once again, we express our appreciation to members of the Wits community who have participated in bringing these disturbing issues to the fore and we apologise to those who have been affected by this scourge. May these dreadful experiences never be repeated again – not on our campuses.

Professor Adam Habib

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

University of the Witwatersrand


Media Coverage



Talk Radio 702 – 1 November 2013

Tuks FM – 1 November 2013

YFM – 1 November 2013

Algoa FM – 1 November 2013

OFM – 1 November 2013



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