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Lift ban on students - IFP youths

By unknown | Sep 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Sne Masuku

The IFP Youth Brigade wants the council at the troubled Mangosuthu University of Technology to reconsider the suspension of nine students from the institution.

The call comes after the university's vice-chancellor, Aaron Ndlovu, was asked to take compulsory leave.

Ndlovu was expected to make a decision after the students launched an appeal against their one-year suspension from the university.

They were found guilty of conducting an illegal protest in July against the shortage of lecturers at the university.

While Ndlovu stays away, the IFP Youth Brigade is worried that the future of the nine students hangs in the balance.

The chairman of the brigade Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi, said yesterday they were going ahead with plans to get the suspended students reinstated.

They would also launch a fresh appeal to the Minister of Education Naledi Pandor to intervene.

National Department of Education spokesman Lunga Nqengelele said yesterday he had been asked to refer all enquiries on the matter to the university's council.

Earlier this year, Sowetan reported that the institution was allegedly in a state of bankruptcy after some of the part-time staff members were not paid for five months and that there was a sum of R1,67million that could not be accounted for.

Ndlovu was sent on special leave a week ago pending an investigation into the leadership and financial management of the institution by an independent investigator appointed by the council.


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