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Wits staffers fired for sexual harassment

136 16/11/2012 A student at Wits Main campus. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng

136 16/11/2012 A student at Wits Main campus. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng

Published Jul 31, 2013

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Johannesburg - Two Witwatersrand University staffers were fired on Wednesday after being found guilty of sexual harassment, the institution said.

The dismissals followed disciplinary hearings, chaired by independent senior counsel, rector Adam Habib said in a statement in Johannesburg.

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The university received the outcome on Wednesday.

“The staff members have been found guilty of sexual harassment and misconduct, and one of them has also been found guilty of sexual/indecent assault.”

The university apologised to the students who were harassed and said it would not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.

“There are two cases still running at the moment, and the university will announce the outcomes of these two cases in the next few weeks, as the outcomes become available.”

A campus-wide probe into sexual harassment, assessing existing policies and procedures to prevent further sexual harassment, was expected to be completed within two weeks.

Sapa

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