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graduate thumb100 The Citizen reports that the African Transformation Movement (ATM) has raised questions about the exclusion of black local academics from university posts and the party’s president, Vuyo Zungula, has written a letter to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande complaining about this.

“From observation and dialogues with both black South Africans and non-South Africans in the higher education and learning space, my attention was drawn to the presence of highly qualified and skilled black South African academics,” he pointed out. But according to Zungula, black South African professionals were given mediocre positions such as administrators and technical staff despite being highly qualified. He noted that some steps had been taken by the Higher Education Department to ensure that positions which were mostly reserved for white males were occupied by black males. However, he claimed that there seemed to be a preference for foreign national black academics over South African black academics, which posed another challenge. Zungula claimed it was clear that there was a deliberate and concerted effort to systematically exclude black South Africans from maximum participation in academia. “South African universities and other institutions have a responsibility to contribute to addressing unemployment by prioritising the employment of qualified Black South African citizens,” Zungula argued.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Itumeleng Mafisa at The Citizen

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