A Cape-Town-born scientist and education expert has been parachuted in as acting vice-chancellor of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). John Volmink will start work on Monday after vice-chancellor Prins Nevhutalu was placed on indefinite special leave. "We wish Dr Volmink all the wisdom and pledge our support to him‚" the CPUT council said in a statement on Thursday. "Working together as a university community we are sure to reach a conclusion to the current crisis. A sacrifice of Dr Volmink’s nature will never be forgotten and we should consider how we can also make our own contribution during this period." Nevhutalu’s special leave was backdated to Friday October 21‚ the day 12 CPUT students appeared in court for public violence and contravening a High Court order. Council chairperson Mbulelo Bikwani had not commented on whether the special leave was linked to campus unrest. Face-to-face classes have been suspended for the year‚ with administrative operations‚ tutorial...

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