Following a range of reports in the media and the purported collapse of the Council at the University of Fort Hare, I have taken the decision to intervene directly to ensure good governance at the university and to make certain that an environment conducive to teaching, learning and research prevails.
Given the seriousness of the situation, I have decided to appoint an Administrator to take over the governance of the University of Fort Hare for a period of twelve months, effective immediately.
This means that the Council is dissolved from the date of appointment of the Administrator.
Professor Loyiso Nongxa has agreed to take on this critical role, and I am grateful to him for agreeing to take on this responsibility.
Professor Nongxa is a respected scisentist and former Vice Chancellor, and I am confident that he will carry out the task assigned to him with the utmost integrity and commitment. I hope that he will receive the unqualified support of all members of the University of Fort Hare community, and be given the space to undertake this important responsibility, which will be to restore the effective governance of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu remains in office.
The University of Fort Hare is rightly the focus of public concern given its important status in the history of our country, its considerable contribution to the intellectual life of South Africa, and the role that it plays in our public higher education system in one of our poorest provinces.
I will do everything to support the University to ensure that it can function optimally.