University of Pretoria Chancellor Tawana Kupe Resigns

Zimbabwean-born University of Pretoria (UP) Vice-Chancellor Tawana Kupe has resigned six months before his term was due to end.

In a statement, Council chairperson Kuseni Dlamini said Kupe the first black principal of the institution will leave the post with effect from 31 July.

The council will immediately initiate the process of finding a suitable successor. Kupe’s term was scheduled to end in January next year.

The resignation has sparked concerns that there is a cabal facillitating the removal of black vice-chancellors at higher education institutions in South Africa.

Kupe has been the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Pretoria since January 2019.