UNISA announced that it had appointed an external legal firm to investigate former employee Gugu Ncube’s sexual harassment allegations against a UCECE board member.
On Thursday, 28 March 2019, the University of South Africa (UNISA) announced that it had hired an external legal firm to investigate into former employee Gugu Ncube’s sexual harassment allegations against a board member at the UNISA Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE). Earlier in March 2019, Ncube was arrested outside the Union Buildings and charged with public indecency for staging a one-woman semi-naked protest.
After Ncube’s protest video went viral, in which she names the perpetrator as Mhlava Edward Shibambu, UNISA released a statement distancing itself from the incident and the allegations made by Ncube. In its statement, UNISA had said that this was not Ncube’s first time making these allegations, that UNISA could not intervene as UCECE was an independent institution and that the university was reaching out to Ncube to refrain from further tarnishing the university’s reputation.
UNISA has now issued a statement saying it is seeking ways in which it can assist Ncube during this time.
“The university engaged with various internal and external stakeholders to establish how best to assist the complainant, given the difficult emotional period she is clearly going through, as well as bring closure to this matter.
“Subsequently, the university appointed an external legal firm to independently assess whether the internal investigation of the complaint by the university was done properly and advise on the necessary remedial action should the assessment establish that the matter was not handled adequately,” the statement read.
UNISA confirmed that the legal firm that has been appointed has already began investigating the matter.