Unisa Vice-Chancellor Professor, Puleng Lenkabula, says the public scrutiny currently facing her administration boils down to the unfair treatment women in positions of power often face.
At back of Unisa’s 150th anniversary celebrations held in Pretoria on Monday, Lenkabula denied being at the helm of a corrupt leadership at the institution.
The university has been marred by controversy in recent years, with allegations of tender irregularities amounting to millions of rand just one of the issues sparking public outcry.
Students have also raised alarm over alleged poor governance and subpar administration.
According to a recent TimesLive article, 300 000 student assignments went unmarked in the first semester.
YNews also spoke with several Unisa students. Among them was Sasco Treasurer, Ipeleng Mphai.
She’s bemoaned the thousands of unmarked assignments, which students say are causing setbacks to their studies.
The student leader says graduates are struggling to find employment due to the university’s poor reputation.
The young people say they have nothing to celebrate as Unisa marks 150 years of existence.
Mphai told YNews UNISA students will be heading to the street for the right to quality education at the institution.
She claims that some students were barred from registering for their second semester due to delays in the marking of papers.
The institution’s vice-chancellor has, however, defended her administration.
She says women in positions of leadership are often harassed and sexualised for simply doing their work. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena