UNISA director accused of treating her subordinates like slaves

UNISA director accused of treating her subordinates like slaves

- UNISA's director was taken to the South African Human Rights Commission by one of her employers on alleged bullying claims

- Mkuzangwe allegedly made her staff work like slaves, running personal errands for her and having to work when they were extremely ill

- Prof Havenga stated that he has tried to control the situation of ill treatment of staff working under Mkuzangwe

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An accusation of bullying was reported on Tuesday to the South African Human Rights Commission by an employee of the University of South Africa (UNISA).

She was made to run personal errands during office hours by her director. She was even reprimanded for buying a cake.

An administrative assistant in academic planning, Masello Moekoa works under Alice Mkuzangwe the director at the directorate of academic planning accreditation and registration. On Tuesday, Mkuzangwe was making her written submissions to the investigation panel.

The hearing started on 20 February 2018, and this was the final leg. The hearing was following a request to investigate allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the Unisa College of Law by Prof Mandla Makhanya, the Unisa’s Vice Chancellor

Moekoa described Mkuzangwe as a heartless bully. She is accused of making unreasonable demands and creating difficult working conditions for her subordinates.

"One day I fell sick and vomited in the office, she refused that I go home and said I didn't look sick to her," Moekoa said.

Moekoa was treated like a personal assistant by Mkuzangwe, requesting her fetch party packs for her son. Mkuzangwe was in the habit of forgetting items at home and it was Moekoa’s duty to go collect them.

"I was required to come to the office as early as 7.30am so that I can clean her office and make sure that it's dusted," Moekoa said.

Moekoa continued to make shocking claims against Mkuzangwe and said she was told to keep her door open all the times.

"We were not allowed to take leave and also not allowed to be friends with each other."

Professor Peter Havenga, the executive director in academic planning at Unisa has been accused by Mkuzangwe for making the working environment intolerable for black women in his department.

These claims by Mkuzangwe were dismissed by Moekoa. Moekoa says that this an attempt by Mkuzangwe to cover up her misconduct.

Moekoa accused Mkuzangwe of twisting information to paint Prof Havenga in a negative light.

Defending Prof Havenga, Moekoa says he has been trying to protect workers under Mkuzangwe’s unbearable leadership.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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