MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL
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
- Blade lauds Wits action on sex pests – Sunday World, 3 November 2013
- Sexual harassment case ends – Sandton Chronicle, 8 November 2013
Talk Radio 702 – 1 November 2013
Tuks FM – 1 November 2013
YFM – 1 November 2013
Algoa FM – 1 November 2013
OFM – 1 November 2013
- Prof. Adam Habib interviewed on SABC TV on his book, South Africa – the Suspended Revolution
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