Mcebo Dlamini has been reinstated as a member of the SRC and is back as president—for now.
Dlamini was seen back in the SRC offices and at the Law School Election Council elections on Wednesday
Dlamini was charged with “assault” and insulting senior members of the university staff via emails last year. One of the charges stem from an email sent to the head of Residence Life, Rob Sharman.
The two charges were later combined into a single charge presented at the disciplinary hearing on February 27, where he was found guilty. Dlamini was then suspended from the SRC.
He announced his resignation as SRC President on Facebook on February 28 but, hours later, deleted the posts.
However, earlier this week Dlamini announced he had been reinstated as an SRC member and SRC president.
Dlamini announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that his “suspension had been lifted” by Vice Chancellor Prof Adam Habib who he thanked for “doing the right thing”.
“In short I still remain as the Wits SRC President,” Dlamini said.
Habib confirmed that Dlamini had been reinstated pending a review of Dlamini’s hearing.
“On an application from him [Dlamini], I suspended his termination from the SRC for two weeks until the review of his hearing is complete,” Habib 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.”
Throughout Dlamini’s suspension, resignation and reinstatement, his fellow Progressive Youth Alliance members have been studiously silent on the issue, refusing to comment publically.
SRC deputy president Shaeera Kalla told Wits Vuvuzela she “was not in a position to comment about Dlamini”.
Wits Vuvuzela has also attempted dozens of times over the past 10 days to contact Dlamini via emails, texts, phone, voicemails, whatsapps and even handwritten notes—all without success.
Wits Vuvuzela was at last able to make an appointment with Dlamini on Wednesday afternoon to finally get his side of the story. However, Dlamini did not pitch.
When contacted about the missed interview he replied via whatsapp: “As we speak I am at UJ attending a graduation.”