Commission for Gender Equality to continue with its transformation hearings

This comes in the wake of yet another sex scandal at Wits University, this time involving a senior professor.

FILE: Wits University. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – The Commission for Gender Equality says it will continue with its transformation hearings, in order to monitor the implementation of policies and procedures that build a safe culture at institutions of higher learning.

This comes in the wake of yet another sex scandal at Wits University, this time involving a senior professor.

The senior academic was dismissed earlier this week after being found guilty of sexually harassing three of his female colleagues.

Eyewitness News revealed last week how the professor targeted the women over a period of time and used his position to try and elicit sexual favours.

The commission’s Javu Baloyi says, “To ensure that regardless of the person involved, whether it’s a student or staff or admin person or grass cutter, they must act decisively and we call on these students to report them if they’re not being assisted by these associations.”

This week, the university confirmed that the senior professor has been dismissed.

In a statement, Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib said the university will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment or misconduct.

The senior professor, whose name is known to Eyewitness News, was not present at the hearing which was held on Tuesday but was represented by his lawyer.

The university’s gender equity office argued that the senior academic should be dismissed.

But his lawyer argued that he be allowed to stay on at the institution.

The three women who brought the case against the professor were present at the hearing to help the university determine what action to take.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)