Malema, Zille could become UCT's new chancellor

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Graça Machel, who has been chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) since 1999, is nearing the end of her term, and among those mentioned as possible nominees to replace her have been Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Caleb Kay, chairperson of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) students organisation told IOL the party’s representatives on campus would be nominating Zille. Students representative council (SRC) treasurer-general Kamvelihle Tabata, meanwhile, told the publication he favoured Malema for the largely ceremonial position – the responsibility of the actual running of the university falls on its vice-chancellor, currently Mamokgethi Phakeng, who replaced Max Price in July last year.

“The role of chancellor requires an individual of stature, with exceptional personal qualities and integrity,” said the university’s registrar, Royston Pillay.

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