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Varsity recalls student leader

Ntsebeng Motsoeli

MASERU — Moeketsi Pholo, the president of the Limkokwing University Students’ Representative Council (SRC) who was expelled last November, is back at the varsity after he was reinstated.

The college opened on Monday after more than a month of closure following student protests over Pholo’s expulsion.

Lectures will resume tomorrow, the management said following a week of negotiations that ended on Friday.

Limkokwing management said Pholo had been readmitted after an appeal.

“He was given a chance to appeal the decision. He did so and the appeal board found him guilty on some of the counts and not guilty on others. The appeal board reduced the sentence and recommended that he be reinstated,” said Limkokwing director of academic management ‘Mamolete Mohapi.

Mohapi said the appeal board also warned Pholo against future misdemeanours.  

“He was given a warning not to engage in any action that would disturb school business again,” she said.

She said to avoid future problems the management had decided to restructure the SRC so that it concentrates on fewer but specific issues.

 “We will help restructure the SRC so that they clearly know their duties hoping they will be able to make positive decisions,” Mohapi said. 

The SRC, she said, “had overloaded themselves with many duties which could have contributed  to the bad decisions they made”.

“We want to give them a lesson by reinstating Pholo to show that if issues are communicated well, favourable resolutions can be reached. We hope they have learnt the lesson.”

Francis Seme, the acting head of academics, however warned that the college management will not be lenient next time a student breaks the school rules.

 “We hope that the students have learnt a lesson from Moeketsi’s case. However we will not be so lenient next time,” Seme said.

 “A lot of time has been wasted. We are running behind our calendar. So some adjustments have been made. We have appealed to the students to sacrifice usual tertiary breaks.

“There won’t be a midterm break. There won’t be revision week. This is the only way we can be able to beat the deadline.”

Pholo was expelled after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of “disturbing” and “delaying” an examination.

During the ensuing violent demonstrations seven students and two female security guards were shot and injured by the police.

A police officer was also injured after the marauding students hit him with stones.

After the protest that left several buildings at the campus and private cars damaged the university management shut down the school.

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