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UNISA Accused of Poor Leadership and Management

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The Academic and Professional Staff Association of the University of South Africa (APSA)'s branch secretary Dr RS Netanda accused UNISA of having poor leadership and management in a letter titled 'Save UNISA from poor leadership and corrupt individuals’.

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The Academic and Professional Staff Association of the University of South Africa (APSA)'s branch secretary Dr RS Netanda accused UNISA of having poor leadership and management in a letter titled 'Save UNISA from poor leadership and corrupt individuals’.

This letter made its way to social media over the weekend, which is currently causing arguments to arise between students and the university staff.

UNISA was accused of poor leadership and governance and that how the university was managed was "shockingly weak".

"If you are asking yourself a question as to what might have been the cause for this dire circumstance, the heading of this communique partly tells you where the problem arose and we do not need Mr Angelo Agrizzi to testify who the perpetrators are,” said Netanda.

“We all know that while APSA chose to put the interests of the people above those of individuals, the other popular structure chose to put the interests of individuals and that of their friends above those of the community they are supposed to represent.”

“As a result, a number of unnecessary posts, acting positions and secondments were created with specific people in minds who, most often, have no or relevant qualifications and experiences and that is why they do not need the Skill Audit to be conducted," said Netanda.

Management within the university has been in the process of transformation, however it may need some more work.

At the beginning of the year, the academic and management staff tried to resolve the issue in the employment conditions of lecturers after concerns of racism within the university were brought to their attention.

Within this letter Netanda, brought light to certain issues that were overlooked or not dealt with in the proper manner.

This letter brings up many accusations which the Department of Higher Education and Training finds to be very concerning.

While the union was aimed at protecting the university's staff, Netanda's letter seems to have divided the union and the academic community.

Professor Steven Mahlangu said Netanda's letter presented no facts.

"It's strange that the internal dynamics of Unisa's staff have landed on the lap of the media. Dr Netanda knows of the correct channels to report corruption if there is. His letter divides staff and management even more," said Mahlangu.

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