The suspension of Wits SRC (Students Representatives Council) president Mcebo Dlamini has been lifted by the Wits vice-chancellor (VC).
Professor Adam Habib told Wits Vuvuzela that the decision to lift the suspension was not a final overturning of the ruling.
“On an application from him [Dlamini], I suspended his termination from the SRC for two weeks until the review of his hearing is complete,” he said, “Otherwise we may have to revise the decision again and it would be disruptive. Now, we can make a final decision within the next two weeks.”
Professor Andrew Crouch, the deputy vice-chancellor: academic also confirmed Habib’s sentiments.
“I can confirm that the vice chancellor agreed to suspend the termination of the SRC membership of Mr Mcebo Dlamini pending the outcome of an appeal against the proceedings,” Crouch said a short while ago.
Dlamini was unable to speak to Wits Vuvuzela but a Facebook account in his name confirmed the VC’s decision.
According to a status update on the account this morning, Dlamini received an email from Habib who lifted his “suspension from office as president with immediate effect”.
“In short, I still remain the Wits SRC president for 2014/2015,” he wrote in the post.
Crouch added that Dlamini is allowed to return as a member of the SRC but was not re-instated as president by the university.
“The VC did not re-instate Mr Dlamini as SRC president, but suspended the termination of his SRC membership. It is up to the SRC to determine continuation of his Presidency of the SRC.”
Deputy president of the SRC, Shaeera Kalla said she was not in a position to comment at this stage.
Dlamini was originally charged with two counts of “assault” at disciplinary hearing on February 27. He was given a suspended sentence of expulsion and subsequently suspended as SRC president pending an appeal.