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witsuniversitySaturday Star reports that a well-known academic, media commentator and head of a government watchdog has resigned in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him.  

Professor Ivor Chipkin, who had been executive director of the Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari), tendered his resignation on 6 September, with the board of the organisation accepting it with immediate effect five days later.  The resignation apparently came shortly before a disciplinary process into Chipkin’s alleged misconduct was set to take place.  His departure from Pari came after an extensive probe by Wits University’s gender equity office (GEO) into his alleged inappropriate conduct.  On Thursday, Pari’s interim executive director Mbongiseni Buthelezi indicated that the allegations had been registered from multiple complainants in June this year.  Buthelezi said they immediately placed Chipkin on special leave and brought in the GEO as “independent, impartial” investigators.  The GEO report was finalised last month, apparently with the recommendation that a disciplinary hearing should take place.  Meanwhile, Chipkin claimed the investigation process was mismanaged.  He observed:  “Three months after the allegations had surfaced, in the absence of any formal charges or a stated way forward from the board, and with a final report from the GEO that had not reflected my contribution, I felt it most prudent to resolve the process by tendering my resignation.”

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