University lecturer linked to student protest
Written by Yazeed Kamaldien
A senior staff member at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has this week been suspended for his alleged involvement in violent student protests.
Professor Mzikayise Binza, dean of business and management sciences at CPUT, was Tuesday told he was being investigated for allegedly assisting protesting students.
In recent weeks, CPUT students have violently demanded the institution cancels their debt and wavers their fees as they could not afford this.
They were seen smashing windows and burning the entrance of the main administration building on the Belleville campus. A security building and fees office were also set alight.
Weekend Argus tried repeatedly yesterday to contact Binza to ask him for comment, but all cellular telephone numbers for him were left unanswered.
CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley was brief in her response on the matter.
“I can only confirm the suspension and not comment on anything further. Pending a disciplinary hearing we will not be commenting further,” she said.
A source close to the matter, who did not want to be named, said Binza stood accused of meeting students who protested at the Bellville campus.
“It is being alleged that he was involved with the student protest. He was seen at the protest but he said that he was just trying to remove a burning dustbin,” said the source.
“He went against executive management’s back and met with students off campus. I don’t know if he was trying to meet them to stop the protest.”
Police have arrested several CPUT student protesters in recent weeks, charging them for public violence.