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Johannesburg - Yet another Wits University lecturer has left in the wake of a sexual harassment investigation as the institution continues its battle to rid itself of alleged sexual predators.
It emerged on Thursday that a fourth lecturer had resigned after he was accused of sexual harassment.
Vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib confirmed in a statement that the lecturer was no longer a university employee.
Habib did not name the lecturer in question in the statement, but The Star has reliably learnt that he is Dr Lord Mawuko-Yevugah, of the department of international relations.
He was placed on special leave in April, pending an investigation into sexual harassment allegations levelled against him.
Mawuko-Yevugah became the first to feel the sting of the university’s recently revised tough stance on alleged sex pests.
Three academics were sacked earlier this year after it was alleged they had sexually harassed students.
In September, the university fired political studies professor Rupert Taylor after he was accused of making sexual advances to students via SMS and on social media networks.
In July, two other academics - drama lecturer Tsepo wa Mamatu and media studies lecturer Dr Last Moyo - were dismissed after an internal investigation found them guilty of violating the university’s student-and-staff relations policy.
At the time of Taylor’s sacking, Habib said a fourth employee was facing an investigation into the same charge.
Habib said “the resignation of the fourth lecturer” would bring to an end the individual cases that the university had been investigating.
He added that the university would continue its zero tolerance of sexual misconduct.
A report into sexual harassment at the university found that the university’s policy was vague and that the institution did not know how to deal with such offences.
In what appeared to be an admission of deficiencies in the institution’s previous policy, Habib said Wits was establishing “an adequate sexual harassment structure” to be led by Professor Bonita Meyersfeld.
“We apologise to those affected by this scourge. May these dreadful experiences never be repeated again - not on our campuses.”