Second woman vice-chancellor steps down

Professor Nthabiseng Ogude has been removed as vice-chancellor of Tshwane University of Technology, or TUT. A media statement from the institution claimed Ogude resigned from her position, writes Bongani Nkosi for the Mail & Guardian.

She took over the reins in August 2012, becoming the university’s first woman vice-chancellor. Ogude now becomes a third successive vice-chancellor at the troubled TUT to vacate the position before the end of a contract. The university did not specify reasons for Ogude’s departure. The Mail & Guardian understands she was under investigation for allegedly failing to manage student protests that culminated in the burning of 18 cars at the Soshanguve campus in September, the same campus where a student was killed in a brawl recently.

Ogude becomes the second woman vice-chancellor to be removed from the top position in two weeks.Professor Fikile Mazibuko’s reign at the University of Zululand also came to an abrupt end. The university’s statement claimed she had resigned with immediate effect to “pursue other interests”.
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