The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare survived an assassination attempt that left his bodyguard dead.
- A group of concerned citizens last week condemned the attempted murder of the VC of the University of Fort Hare and the murder of his bodyguard.
- Members of the group, including former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, have called for a concerted effort by police and citizens to protect the institution.
- They say the allegations of corruption and mismanagement have denied the institution recognition for its historic academic excellence.
A group of concerned citizens have expressed concern following the attempt on the life of Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Fort Hare, last week.
Buhlungu’s bodyguard Mboneli Vesele died in the attempt while the VC was unharmed. He has been transferred to a safe location.
The shooting took place outside Buhlungu’s home in Alice in the Eastern Cape.
Buhlungu, appointed to a second term last year, was credited with implementing turnaround strategies and rooting out corruption at the embattled university.
The group, which includes former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, ex-boss of the National Prosecutor Vusi Pikoli and author Songezo Zibi, said corruption and mismanagement at the university had stripped it of the credit it holds for its historic academic excellence.
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They said the safety of academics and administrators fighting for transformation at public institutions should not be compromised.
The group said: “Current efforts to clean up administration, transform academic culture and raise standards deserve the support of all South Africans.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu.
“Academics and administrators are public servants who should not need armed protection to perform their duties on behalf of the nation. Universities provide an essential service to society. They are repositories of knowledge and training grounds for the next generation of leaders. They should not must be. killing fields.”
The group called on South Africans to protect the institution and the government to protect Buhlungu.
It also called for police to investigate his attempted murder and Vesele’s murder.
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