Nelson Mandela University’s new chancellor, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, is the third top-ranking woman to be appointed at the Port Elizabeth-based institution in the past few months. The other two are the new chairwoman of council, former ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill, and the new vice-chancellor, Prof Sibongile Muthwa. All three assumed their posts in 2018 — the centenary year of the birth of Mandela, after whom the university was named in 2017. Mandela would certainly have celebrated his namesake institution being steered by three women leaders, as he was often referred to as a male feminist. At the opening of SA’s first democratic Parliament in 1994, in his capacity as the country’s first democratic president, he pronounced: "Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.... Our endeavours must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child." Fraser-Moleketi holds a master’s degree in...

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