- The prestigious University of Witwatersrand let go two of their academics after it came to light that they had romantic and sexual affairs with students
- Staff at the university are allowed to indulge in relationships, under certain conditions
Two academics at the University of Witwatersrand failed to disclose their affairs with students and were dismissed this earlier in August. Employees of the university are not allowed to have any romantic or sexual affairs with undergraduate or honours students.
However, employees are allowed to indulge in relationships with students doing their master's, doctoral and postdoctoral degrees, as long as the relationships are disclosed.
One of the dismissed academics is associate professor in the department of psychology, Joseph Seabi. The identity of the other dismissed party is still unknown at this time.
Seabi had a "special" relationship with one of his students. He helped her enrol in a master's programme, according to the Sunday Times.
He was barred from supervising the research work of the student since May and the student did not get into any trouble for her involvement with him.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Seabi has referred his case to the National Education Health & Allied Workers' Union.
He stated that there were falsehoods doing the rounds but he couldn't talk about it.
Professor Mzikazi Nduna of the university didn't have a lot to say about the matter but said that it was sad that the university had to lose a professor.
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