17 May 2018

Misleading information was posted on a Twitter page today (17 May 2018) regarding a sexual harassment case which the former employee linked as the reason for her dismissal by the University of the Free State (UFS).

The UFS has zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, sexual assault, and the victimisation of individuals. In this particular case – which was reported on social media today – the university confirms that a sexual harassment case was indeed reported by the employee, and the university’s disciplinary process was followed. The complainant accepted the outcome of the disciplinary process without any reservations.

Sometime later, the university discovered that the complainant had falsified material information on her CV, which she used to apply for the position in which she was appointed. The termination of the complainant’s employment is based on fraudulent action and misrepresentation.

As part of its drive to eradicate fraud and corruption, the university initiated disciplinary action according to its policies and procedures.

It is unfortunate that the complainant used her sexual harassment case, which the UFS addressed to her satisfaction, to now justify her fraudulent actions.

Released by:
Lacea Loader (Director: Corporate Communication and Marketing)
Telephone: +27 51 401 2584 | +27 83 645 2454
Email: news@ufs.ac.za | loaderl@ufs.ac.za
Fax: +27 51 444 6393