The South African Students Congress is turning, for the first time, against two pro-ANC vice-chancellors at two KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions.
Yesterday the national leadership of Sasco said they are taking to task the suspended vice-chancellor of the Mangosuthu University of Technology, Aaron Ndlovu, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Zululand, Rachel Gumbi.
Gumbi is currently under fire for allegedly allowing secretive salary increments of about 22percent to herself and senior managers at the university.
Both vice-chancellors are allegedly aligned to the ANC.
Sasco, which is also aligned to the ANC, yesterday commented for the first time on the suspension of Ndlovu from the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
At a press conference held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville campus, Sasco president Mawethu Rune said they are disappointed at the damning reports contained in the report by Dr Vincent Maphai on the alleged misuse of funds.
Professor Jonathan Jansen was appointed as caretaker of Mangosuthu University of Technology after Ndlovu's suspension. The investigation is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Among others, Maphai's report found that Ndlovu did not comply with labour relations stipulations and laws.
The students said they were angered by reports that Ndlovu ruled the institution like "a Bantustan where all unions were banned and principles of good governance were undermined" under his leadership.
Later yesterday Sasco went to the University of Zululand to try to resolve the disputes that have led to the week-long strike action.
The National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) members at the troubled university have embarked on a strike, shutting down the institution on Wednesday.
This after allegations that Gumbi was misusing the institution's resources.
The council allegedly hiked Gumbi's and other senior managers' salaries by 22percent, something which Nehawu claims it was never informed about.
Gumbi is also accused of misusing university funds by having private security guards, thogh the university has guards, and of using the institution's vehicle while she has a car allowance.
University spokesperson Dante Mashile said the strike was premature after they had cordial negotiations on the once-off payment of 12,5percent on yearly salaries to employees.