On 29 August Menziwa was suspended from the UP SRC with immediate effect after he published the post on 28 August. He was found guilty on three counts of misconduct according to the SRC code of conduct and was asked to vacate office by 2 September, pending further investigation. Menziwa was given seven working days to appeal this decision to Dr Matete Madiba, Director of Student Affairs.
The decision was announced following a meeting of the internal SRC disciplinary committee. The committee is made up of four members: SRC secretary Donovan du Plooy, SRC treasurer Nomtha Gobe, ex-officio SRC member of Student Culture Pieter Scribante, and head of student governance Mzikazi Noholoza. The committee is chaired by Du Plooy and is in place to deal with internal SRC disciplinary matters. The meeting was intended to discuss the implications and consequences of the Facebook post made by Menziwa and two other counts of misconduct.
The SRC released a statement after the announcement detailing the decision of the disciplinary committee. The statement explains that Menziwa’s action of posting the Facebook post was in contravention of the disciplinary code of conduct, and as a result the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG). According to a statement published on the SRC Facebook page, Menziwa was found guilty on one charge of “serious misconduct” and two counts of “very serious misconduct”.
The validity of the disciplinary committee has been questioned by some on social media, claiming that procedures as set out in the CSG were not followed properly. When asked about this, Nobuncwele Mbem, the SRC member with the portfolio of media, marketing and communication, said that the disciplinary committee is mandated by the SRC code of conduct and not directly by the CSG.
While external complaints were laid, Mbem confirmed that the post “raised eyebrows” in the SRC, and this is why the matter was handled internally rather than in accordance with the CSG. Menziwa said in the interview with the SABC that a public apology is “on it’s way”.
Captain Colette Weilbach of the SAPS confirmed that a case of intimidation was opened against Menziwa at the Brooklyn station. The case has since been referred to the Directorate for Prority Crime Investigation. Menziwa could not be reached for comment.
Image: Luvuyo Menziwa’s Facebook account.