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Mbali Silimela set to graduate after taking Fort Hare University to court

Mbali Silimela is eternal to graduate with his Bachelor of Education degree after he took Fort Hare to court.

Earlier in 2023, the university’s senate decided not to recognise the 57% mark Silimela was awarded for his teaching practice module, as he had handed in the work for the module late.

This meant he would not be able to obtain his qualification.

After a lengthy legal battle, the Bhisho high court ruled that Silimela should be granted his degree.

The university appealed against the decision without success and then took it to the SCA, which has now upheld the Bhisho high court’s decision.

Silimela said the long legal process had been exhausting but he was satisfied with the result.

“It has be a long and draining journey for me. However, I am happy for this victory. I think this case will help thousands of students who are victimised by university management to stand up and fight for themselves.

He said he can imagine the taxpayers’ money that has been wasted by vice-chancellor Sakhela Buhlungu paying attorneys to destroy an undergraduate student.

Silimela said he urged higher education minister Blade Nzimande to take serious action against Buhlungu.

Silimela registered at the university in 2019 and was meant to finish his degree in 2022 after completing his practical work.

To pass his degree, he was required to submit two assignments: a video submission on September 2 and an administrative portfolio on October 13.

Silimela did not submit either of these assignments on time, submitting them only on November 11.

Without these assignments, his final mark for the practical module was just 23 percent.


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