MUT responds to The Mercury article

Press release statement

For immediate release: 27 June 2021

Submitted by: Department of Marketing and Communications

MUT responds to The Mercury article

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) wishes to set the record straight on the inaccuracies published on The Mercury news article with the headline, MUT facing independent assessment, asked to halt suspensions, published on Friday, 25 June 2021. MUT wishes to correct the following:

  1. The article presents the recent departure of certain individual from the MUT Council as evidence that “their views are contrary to the directions and actions taken by the Council”. This is simply not true. Dr Fazel Randera’s two terms on the MUT Council ended last year. Monde Mondi completed his term this year. Dr Vijay Reddy cited her workload as the reason for her exit early in the year. Dr Zethu Qunta and Professor Niek Grove resigned recently citing personal reasons. It is important to note that many members of our Council have other responsibilities outside of Council that requires their time and effort. Their role in our Council often comes at a great personal and sometimes financial sacrifice. We are grateful for the contributions that these members made to our Council.
  2. The MUT Council and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande are currently engaged in formal processes on how to assist the University to deal with issues that have been of interest to the public.

It is unfortunate that the media seem to have taken a decision to embark on a relentless campaign to discredit the University and its leadership in the court of public opinion while ignoring the University’s efforts in ensuring that classes continue uninterrupted and that students get quality education. It is even more puzzling that even after making information about graduation available, the reporter does not even allude to the MUT graduation and the fact that MUT increased the number of its graduates by 11%, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University calls upon the media not to be a purveyor of divisive disinformation and to report responsibly and objectively.