CPUT Vice-Chancellor labeled a ‘coward’ by students

Prins Nevhutalu ran out of the gathering after a group of students from another campus yesterday.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology vice-chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu, right, listens during a general assembly at its Bellville campus. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Vice-Chancellor Prins Nevhutalu has come under fire from students who've called him a "coward" after he abandoned a meeting.

Nevhutalu faced hundreds of disgruntled students at a general assembly which also included staff and council members at the Bellville campus yesterday.

The principal ran out of the gathering after a group of students from another campus joined the meeting during proceedings.

Council members explained that Nevhutalu fled because he did not feel safe and believed the group would be violent.

But the students say they were not impressed.

"It's extremely cowardice of the Vice-Chancellor to run away being intimidated by a mere song. The VC has held himself hostage, it's going to be very difficult because we might say let's continue the meeting without him but it's going to be pointless. He's the executive head and he holds the executive authority."