Two Walter Sisulu University Students Suspended For Allegedly Slaughtering Cow On Campus

Two Walter Sisulu University Students Suspended For Allegedly Slaughtering Cow On Campus. Two students from the Walter Sisulu University are suspended at the Mthatha Campus for allegedly slaughtering a cow at the campus grounds.

Two students from the Walter Sisulu University are suspended at the Mthatha Campus for allegedly slaughtering a cow at the campus grounds. They have also been reportedly been suspended for planning a social occasion even though the management has banned these type of organisations. Zuko Mabhoza, the president of the SRC, and Zandise Mbuthuma, the deputy secretary, are in trouble due to supposedly went against the ban and planned a Heritage Day festival on 21st of September.

The students have reportedly also been suspended from the campus because they allegedly went into the Mandela Drive campus auditorium, thereby using the area without acknowledgement and trashing the area. The students along with their lawyer not take the suspension lying down. They stated that the issue will be seen at the High Court in Mthatha. The students were suspended from campus on the 25rg of September. The charge sheet from the University stated the reason why they were being suspended.

The Walter Sisulu University charge sheet says,“[You] brought and facilitated slaughtering of a live animal, a cow, inside the university, thereby violating a university rule…This was a very serious misconduct as it not only violated university rules, but it also violated the Abattoir Hygiene Act of 1992 that states: No persons shall slaughter or cause slaughtering of any animal in the municipal area anywhere else other than at the abattoir, exemption be provided by the minister of agriculture…”

“Mr Mabhoza and Mbuthuma will cease to engage in any university-affiliated responsibilities with immediate effect. This follows a process of investigation into serious allegations of misconduct that is in direct contravention of the university’s code of conduct,” says Doctor Lulamile Ntonzima in the suspension letter. The deputy secretary, Zandise Mbuthuma, acknowledged that there a cow was slaughtered at the organisation. He says, however, the occasion was not planned by the SRC but the ANC Youth League. “That event was not organised by the SRC structure, it was organised by the ANC Youth League, which is one of the political parties on campus,” says Zandise Mbuthuma.

He went on to say that he and the president of the SRC were at the occasion. “We brought the cow as proof to all those who contributed in purchasing the animal. We meant to take it back outside the campus to slaughter it, but students were too excited and slaughtered the cow. We tried to stop them but they were too many,” says Wandile Papani, the ANC Youth League Branch secretary. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Rob Midgley called for a commission to look into every aspect around the organisation of the braai.

by Alexandra Ramaite

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