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Union, SRC oppose appointment

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“We are rejecting the appointment of Professor Crouch. We will settle this matter in the new academic year”

THE APPOINTMENT of Professor Andrew Crouch as the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) follows severe opposition by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the university’s student representative council (SRC).

Nehawu previously opposed the appointment of Crouch, stating that SPU was being turned into a “carbon copy” of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

The branch chairperson of the union, Keeme Mongale, said previously that SPU was becoming an “overflow” for Wits.

“The current Vice-Chancellor (VC) of SPU was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) at Wits. Professor Crouch is the current DVC at Wits and has now been appointed VC at SPU. Two council members are former Wits employees. SPU policies are carbon copies of those of Wits. Is SPU becoming an overflow for Wits university?” Mongale asked at the time.

Mongale said yesterday that they will deliberate on the matter in the new year.

“As a union, we have not met with the branches to discuss the appointment yet. People have left for the holidays and are not in the office. We will give a comment on the matter in the new year,” he said.

The newly elected SPU SRC president, Mmatli Malape, also indicated that the SRC opposes the appointment but it will give details on how it will take the matter forward in the new year.

“We are rejecting the appointment of Professor Crouch. We will settle this matter in the new academic year,” said Malape.