Victory for Williams and Maqula, court overturns UWC Council suspensions

The court has overturned the suspensions of Brian Williams and Songezo Maqula from the UWC Council.

Western Cape High Court Judge Patrick Gamble, on Wednesday, ordered that the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, should take appropriate steps against Ongokposte JJ Tabane unlawful conduct saying an inquiry into his fitness to hold office is justified.

Judge Gamble also made scathing comments about Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, the Chair of UWC Council and ordered that he be investigated.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Prof Brian Williams, Former UWC Council Chairperson about the court proceedings and WIlliams victory.

He says the judge was horrified by the fact that there was no evidence to support what they were accused of.

Williams and co-accused Songezo Maqula were suspended on allegations that they had incited violence during a #feesmustfall meeting at the campus on October 31 last year.

Williams says on the day they were suspended, the matter was not even on the agenda. They were not notified that there was a case against them and that there was to be an inquiry.

Despite of all these violations and our protestations, demonstrating what the facts were and despite saying that there is no evidence that shows any level of incitement, they go ahead and suspend us.

Prof. Brian Williams, Former UWC council chairperson

We didn't approach Blade Nzimande because it was his ministerial appointees who were the driving force against us. JJ Tabane was appointed by Blade Nzimande and that is why the judge had asked Minister Nzimande to investigate Tabane.

Prof. Brian Williams, Former UWC council chairperson

Williams acknowledges that the two men's reappointed to the UWC Council will be a tricky path to negotiate and they will need to decide how to proceed.

Listen to Williams explain the court ruling on this case:

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