Two Unisa council members have reportedly quit after an explosive report was released.
Belinda Mapongwana, chair of council’s social and ethics committee, resigned with immediate effect on Friday without providing a reason. But a council member said it was linked to the council’s failure to call a special meeting on Friday.
Yesterday, Sedzani Mudau informed the council in a letter that she was also resigning, and that her decision was triggered by a resolution taken during a council meeting on Thursday to ask higher education minister Blade Nzimande to grant an extension of 21 working days to respond to the report.
Nzimande had given the council 14 days to respond.
“I find no alternative but to resign as it will be impossible to serve against my strong conviction [that] appropriate and urgent action is required on the independent assessor’s report to restore public confidence,” Mudau wrote.
“As reflected in the minority view during the meeting of May 18, it will be more appropriate for council to focus its efforts on restoring public confidence in this vital and historic institution by urgently acting on the governance failures highlighted in the report, which are mostly an accurate reflection.”
Mudau is the chair of the audit and risk committee and was praised by independent assessor Prof Themba Mosia in the report as performing well in her role.
Mosia made 26 recommendations to Nzimande, which included placing Unisa under administration and relieving the council and management of their duties.
A council meeting, scheduled for Friday, where the suspension of vice-chancellor Puleng LenkaBula was expected to have been put to a vote, was cancelled.
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