UCT as a community failed Dr Bongani Mayosi - UCT VC

UCT VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng admits Dr Bongani Mayosi was taking strain during the student protests and wanted to step down as Dean.

She describes how involved he had been at the time of the protests and had met with contradictory reactions.

Read: Dr Mayosi's loss 'incalculable', says former colleague

Phakeng describes how staff were telling him he had thrown them under the bus, while students called him a sell-out.

He had suffered depression following this period and had taken a 3 month leave of absence. But after his return last year the problems did not go away, says Phakeng.

LISTEN: Brother-in-law shares tribute to UCT professor, Dr Mayosi

He wanted to stay at UCT but resign his post as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

We failed him as management. We could have let him go at the time when he asked to be let go.

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, UCT Vice Chancellor

But the university had felt it would not reflect well on the institution and had not agreed to let him go.

Now that Dr Mayosi has taken his own life, there is much speculation about how the community of UCT could have been more supportive when he sent out signals that he was not happy.

Take a listen to Phakeng here...

Listen below to Prof full interview that first aired on CapeTalk's Koketso Sachane Show on Monday night...


This article first appeared on 702 : UCT as a community failed Dr Bongani Mayosi - UCT VC


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