Gender commission: UKZN failing female staff

The Commission for Gender Equality has found that males occupy at least 60% of senior management positions at UKZN.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Gender Equality has found that males occupy at least 60% of senior management positions at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Thursday is the second day of the commission’s public investigative hearings into gender transformation at various institutions of higher learning.

Reports of a police officer allegedly sexually assaulting a student during the recent #FeesMustFall protests also prompted a probe into harassment policies.

The commission’s Mlondolozi Vava says UKZN has performed dismally in the representation of females occupying academic staff positions.

“With a measly 60 females as compared to 164 male employees.”

Vava says very few students were aware of the institution's sexual harassment policies.

“Most of our African students said they are not aware of the sexual harassment policies at the university.”

UKZN Vice Chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld failed to appear before the commission on Thursday, making the university unable to present its submissions to the commission.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)