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unisaANA reports that academic planning executive director at the University of SA (Unisa), Professor Peter Havenga, indicated to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday that allegations made against him were attempts to tarnish his reputation.  

He has been accused of making the working environment intolerable for black women in his department.  Havenga’s response was contained in written submissions made to the SAHRC investigation panel.  It was the final leg of the hearing which commenced on 20 February following a request from Unisa vice-chancellor Prof Mandla Makhanya to investigate allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the institution’s College of Law.  Havenga accused the director at the directorate of academic planning, accreditation and registration, Alice Mkuzangwe, of unfair labour practice, bullying and victimising her staff, insubordination, duty negligence, fraud and corruption.  He denied all allegations leveled against him and said he was being targeted because he was principled and spoke his mind.  The hearings will run until Thursday.

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