Wits to receive report on alleged sexual misconduct by professor
The complaints implicating a senior Wits University professor have been investigated by an external panel for several months now.
JOHANNESBURG - An independent panel is expected to hand over its findings to Wits University's Gender Equity Office on Friday after an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct implicating a senior professor at the institution surfaced.
Eyewitness News revealed on Thursday that the professor is being accused of targeting and sexually harassing three of his female colleagues over a period of time.
The senior academic, whose identity is known to EWN, is in a position of authority and influence at the institution.
The sexual harassment complaint implicating the senior Wits professor has been investigated by an external panel for several months now.
EWN understands the panel will make its recommendation to the university's Vice Chancellor Adam Habib on what the appropriate sanctions, if any, should be.
The professor's complainants allege his conduct was inappropriate, his comments had sexual undertones and that he'd call meetings at restaurants that had nothing to do with work.
He's also accused of using his position and influence to try and persuade them - promising to help them at work and even giving one of them a promotion.
Wits University says it only comments on such matters once an investigation has been completed.
(Edited by Neo Koza)