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ANC Youth League condemns UKZN Council and its Vice Chancellor
The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has noted with serious concern the continued victimization of black executive managers at the University of Kwazulu-Natal by the University Council in cahoots with some unions and the Vice Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld. We reject the notion that if black people complain against their white boss or master, it is a sin and they should be fired. When former Vice Chancellor Prof Malegapuru Makgoba was in charge, the white unions complained that he was against dissent. Today, those white unions support the suppression of dissent by a white Vice Chancellor. As the Youth League, we reject that kind of behavior and attitude with contempt it deserves.
We condemn the continued victimization of these executive managers by the university and calls on the university and its racist community to stop with immediate effect these continued victimization. We know that the victimization is connected to the intended looting of university resources by business whose proxies are council members.
We demand the following:
1. that the university council ceases immediately the victimization and harassment of these executive managers and stop with immediate effect the so-called planned "suspension" and "disciplinary hearing". We demand the reappointment of those managers whose contracts came to an end but who reapplied but sidelined due to a frivolous report.
2. that the university stops immediately its plans to move its business school to Umhlanga with an accompanying cost of R300 million. The business school should remain in Westville and serve the interests of working class families from nearby communities as well as middle managers who work in the vicinity. As the ANC Youth League we demand the University to disclose, how many of its UKZN Foundation members are currently in the Board of Tongaat Hullet or who have been part of this company from which the university now wants to purchase land. We demand to know how many of its Foundation board members actually own land in the vicinity of Umhlanga where the GSB has to build a business School.
3. that the university council deals decisively with the collaboration between Dr Albert van Jaarsveld with some union members in their quest to fight blacks in general at the university
4. that the university recommits itself to the transformation agenda and foundation laid by former Vice Chancellor, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba
5. that the university recommits itself to serving the interests of the poor black child from low quintile schools and further commit to keeping and maintaining the quota system at its Medical School
6. that Council set aside the concocted report put together by a highly conflicted panel with relations to many on the same Council. We demand that Council disclose the relations of members of Council with Dumisa Ntsebeza SC who chaired the so-called Independent Board of Inquiry which produced the fabricated frivolous report upon which disciplinary processes are now going to be based.
As the Youth League, we are committed to drive racists and their allies out of the university if needs be. Blacks cannot continue to be marginalized and sidelined when they have been through difficult years of segregation. We shall soon run our #OccupyUKZN if there is no change in the behavior of those who occupy the university administration and their council proxies.
African National Congress Youth League