'Sexual harassment will not be tolerated'

Two Wits university lecturers were recently fired for sexual harassment and misconduct.

The University of the Witwatersrand’s Vice Chancellor Adam Habib. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Adam Habib, the University of the Witwatersrand's vice-chancellor, says sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the facility.

Habib was speaking during a town hall meeting on Monday, during which he addressed issues faced by the institution.

Last week, two lecturers were fired after an internal disciplinary hearing found them guilty of sexual harassment.

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

Habib said the university was working towards creating a safe learning and working environment for its students and staff members.

"It's something which we addressed quickly and decisively when we got verdicts from the disciplinary hearing. We will, in the next couple of weeks, take that very seriously and put in place sustainable measures to fix that."

The men were found guilty of sexual harassment, misconduct and indecent assault.

Two other academics are currently being investigated for similar charges.

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