Mamokgethi Phakeng: From attending school under a tree to becoming the new UCT vice-chancellor

Mamokgethi Phakeng: From attending school under a tree to becoming the new UCT vice-chancellor

Meet Mamokgethi Phakeng, the University of Cape Town's new vice-chancellor, who understand what it is like to come from humble beginnings.

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Phakeng opened up to News24 about her childhood, particularly about when she moved to her grandparents and had to attend classes under a tree at a rural school.

However, despite all the difficulties she faced, she managed to finish school and enrol at the University of Bophuthatswana, which now forms part of NWU.

Phakeng now wants to help sort out the issue at UCT regarding symbols on campus students' protested.

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She said it should have been discussed a long time ago, but added the students went at it in the wrong manner.

"I might disagree with students on their approach to wanting to deal with this problem, but I understand their struggles," she said.

Take a look at her video below:

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