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uctCape Argus reports that the Black Academic Caucus (BAC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a group called Concerned UCT Staff are calling for justice for the late Professor Bongani Mayosi, who committed suicide.  

According to the groups, urgent steps should be taken to address concerns raised in a report into the circumstances that led to Mayosi’s death, which they say should include well-resourced and properly staffed “infrastructures of care” that would help with the early detection of mental health problems, offer decisive interventions, and promote the general wellness of staff and students.  This comes five months after UCT released the findings of an independent panel established to look into the death of Mayosi, dean of the faculty of health sciences, who took his own life during a battle with depression in 2018.  In its 157-page report, the panel criticised UCT’s handling of the news of Mayosi’s death, calling it “on the whole, poor, fragmented and, on occasion, ill-considered”.  The BAC also called for the creation of a public forum to address the report, a clear plan detailing how and when UCT would implement the recommendations stipulated by the panel, and the establishment of a task team to monitor the implementation of the recommendations and take the lead in devising carefully considered strategies and methodologies.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sisonke Mlamla at Cape Argus

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