The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) has given the University of Pretoria three days to undertake that the four white Tshwane University of Technology (TUT or Tuks) alumni elected to its Council are not put into office, failing which it would apply for an urgent interdict.
The network, headed by president Lucky Thekisho, lodged a complaint at Pretoria’s Equality Court in November, against UP’s Council chairperson, Futhi Mthoba, UP vice-chancellor and principal Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Tuks Alumni Board chairperson Willem Durrand Spies.
“Our legal action is aimed at compelling the University of Pretoria from proceeding with the appointment of four white alumni from the Tuks Alumni onto the Council of the University of Pretoria,” the transformation network said. “We allow the University of Pretoria three working days to furnish us with a written undertaking that the four Tuks Alumni appointees will be held in abeyance until the Equality Court matter has been resolved (in February 28)”.
Thekisho said yesterday: “The election process was skewed towards the Afrikaners. There’s no space to appeal if you are not satisfied about the elections.”
University of Pretoria spokesperson Nicolize Mulder said: “The claims have been made since Mr Lucky Thekisho, chairperson of the HETN Board, was an unsuccessful candidate during the UP Council elections.”