Wits sex scandal probe almost complete

Wits says the investigation into a sexual harassment scandal will soon be complete.

Wits University says the investigation into a sexual harassment scandal will be wrapped up soon. Picture: joburg.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) said on Friday a campus wide investigation into a sexual harassment scandal at the institution will be wrapped up in the next month.

An external law firm was appointed to manage the case following several sexual harassment allegations against lecturers earlier this year.

The university placed four of its staff members on special leave in April following the allegations.

Wits University's Buhle Zuma said, "The cases are currently underway and it is anticipated that the entire investigation will be wrapped up within the next four to six weeks. This is an independent investigation overseen by an independent team and the university has no control over the duration of the investigation."

The probe, which was managed by law firm Bowman Gilfillan, was initially expected to be completed in May.

The university at the time encouraged students who want to lay complaints to come forward and make submissions.

Meanwhile, another separate independent inquiry was underway in April to assess existing policies and procedures which ought to be in place at the university, to prevent instances of sexual harassment.