Moraka, TUT bring their wrangling to an end

Johannesburg – The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has finally resolved the future of its embattled deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs, Ezekiel Moraka, following two years of wrangling, albeit under a veil of secrecy.

Moraka was on suspension for two years and had accused the universities management of plotting to get rid of him.

Sunday World reported in December that Moraka earned R5-million while on suspension and that he had lodged a formal complaint to the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande in which he accused the institution’s bigwigs, vice-chancellor Laurens van Staden and former chairperson of council Bandile Masuku of harassment and victimisation.

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Moraka was suspended in September 2018 pending an investigation into the death of student Katlego Monareng, who was shot and killed by police officers during a protest at the Soshanguve campus.

However, it emerged in parliament this week that Moraka and TUT had reached an amicable settlement.

The chairperson of the portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology, Philly Mapulane, said the finalisation of a disciplinary case of Moraka through an “agreed settlement” was commended by the committee.

“We are very pleased that the matter was finally brought to finality. We were gravely concerned that the senior executive was suspended for two years, sitting at home receiving a salary from the institution without providing a service, which must have been very frustrating not only for him but also for the university. At the same time, the university was paying a salary to an incumbent who was acting in the position of the suspended deputy vice-chancellor,” said Mapulane.

TUT could not be drawn to comment on the details of the settlement.

Moraka said he could not disclose the details of the settlement.

“I cannot disclose the details of the settlement but I can confirm myself and the institution have amicably parted ways. I am currently at home taking a break and will definitely pursue other interests in due time,” he said.

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