Mabentsela refused to comment on the issue when contacted by SowetanLIVE‚ but on Facebook he accused the university of lying about its action against him.
Kruger said on Wednesday: “UCT confirms that‚ despite claims to the contrary‚ the staff member has been informed of the formal process to suspend him.
“The lecturer is not teaching any students at present. UCT distances itself from the post and subsequent comments made by the staff member.”
Earlier‚ #FeesMustFall leader and activist Mcebo Dlamini defended Mabentsela‚ saying the lecturer was depressed and needed help.
“The black academic is suffering and suffocating under severe depression‚” he wrote on Facebook.
Dlamini‚ who later deleted his post‚ also accused the institution of racism. “The f***ed up stinking racist institution [UCT] that seeks to destroy anything that is black is dragging and humiliating Mabentsela all over the media‚ instead of assisting him [to] deal with depression‚” said Dlamini.