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Reflections on suicide of Professor Bongani Mayosi, persecuted to death – Ed Herbst

Reflections on suicide of Professor Bongani Mayosi, persecuted to death - Ed Herbst

EDINBURGH — The tragic death of Professor Bongani Mayosi has underscored a number of ugly truths about South Africa, beginning with the uncomfortable actuality that black racism in the direction of others exists. Mayosi was allegedly referred to as a coconut, like so many different black people who find themselves too pleasant to white individuals or too built-in into white communities. Additionally stark is that scholar protestors have been means out of management for a protracted interval, inflicting nice hurt to people in addition to the schooling system generally. On this in-depth piece, unbiased journalist Ed Herbst displays on circumstances across the death of Mayosi. He concludes that the contributory position performed by college students applies one other layer of indelible taint to their already irremediably tainted report. – Jackie Cameron

By Ed Herbst*

Professor Bongani Mayosi’s soul was “vandalised” by #FeesMustFall protestors, his sister stated on the heart specialist’s funeral yesterday.

Ncumisa Mayosi informed greater than 2000 mourners in Cape City that the melancholy that led to her brother’s suicide 9 days in the past started when he turned dean of well being sciences on the College of Cape City (UCT).

“He was hardly two weeks in his new position and the protests broke out”, she stated. “The vitriolic nature of the students and their do or die attitude vandalised his soul and unravelled him. Their personal insults and abuse cut him to the core, were offensive to his values and were the opposite of everything he was about.” – #FeesMustFall to blame say Mayosi household Sunday Occasions 5/eight/2018


The position of the #Charges Should Fall motion – described by Professor Jonathan Jansen as ‘fascist’ – within the death by his personal hand of famend heart specialist and Dean of the Well being Sciences School on the College of Cape City, Professor Bongani Mayosi, has drawn extensively-differing, certainly irreconcilable responses from two of UCT’s teachers:

Addressing the media on Sunday, UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng stated Mayosi’s workplace was occupied for 2 weeks by protesting college students in 2016.

“He went on three months’ leave and early this year collapsed because of a psychological attack. Protests in 2016/17 weren’t kind to him as a dean. Students were angry at him, called him a coconut – out of anger. He experienced pressure from staff, students and black students.”

Phakeng stated UCT had seen an increase in psychological well being points, not solely amongst college students however amongst employees, who suffered from publish-traumatic stress dysfunction consequently of the #FeesMustFall protests. – IOL 30/7/2018

The occupation of the Well being Sciences deanery in 2016 marks, for me, a transformative second in our historical past as a school. Seldom have I seen political protest unfold so spontaneously, so respectfully, so democratically, so superbly as that specific protest did.

Having been fortunate sufficient to be current in a couple of of these moments, I can’t recall an occasion the place Bongani Mayosi, the person, was disrespected, referred to as names or denigrated in any means, although of course there might have been remoted situations of this. What I fairly noticed was principled political motion to maintain accountable the representatives of the buildings of energy in a flawed system. – Dr Lydia Cairncross Day by day Maverick 31/7/2018

Prof Jonathan Jansen within the library at Stanford’s Institute for Superior Research. Pic: Barry Wooden.

Jonathan Jansen sums up the persecution Mayosi suffered by the hands of the anarchic Fallist protestors:

‘We know Professor Mayosi struggled with depression in recent times. We also know that he suffered greatly when students occupied his offices during the fees protests, humiliating and insulting this gentleman to the extent that he had to take two months of leave to recover. He never did and was admitted to hospital recently as a result of psychological breakdown. That wonderfully broad smile was no longer there.

In Enterprise Day on 6/5/2016, Simon Lincoln Reader asserted that:

‘RMF didn’t fail simply because it was probably the most complicated, divisive and xenophobic marketing campaign to have featured since 1994, however as a result of it was executed by vile personalities.’

Dr Cairncross would appear to disagree with the Enterprise Day columnist, however herewith a chronology within the historical past of the Fallist motion which, to me no less than, doesn’t manifest the sweetness, the respect and the principled dedication to democracy which she attributes to them:

  • 9 March 2015 – Chumani Maxwele ignites the RMF/FMF marketing campaign when he invitations the Cape Occasions  however not Die Burger to photograph him hurling human excrement on the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the campus of the College of Cape City .
  • June 2015 – Displaying the courtesy, couth and sophistication which, if I perceive Dr Lydia Cairncross appropriately, characterise the Fallist strategy, the phrases ‘Fuck Rhodes’ have been spray-painted throughout the Struggle Cenotaph at UCT which commemorates the college’s college students who paid the last word sacrifice in two World Wars. The memorial was vandalised for a second time a number of weeks later.
  • June 2015 – Dr Lydia Cairncross holds the Fallists in excessive regard and speaks extremely of their allegedly principled behaviour. What, one wonders, does she assume of the behaviour of one of the main Fallists, Chumani Maxwele, who so threatened one of her colleagues on the college, a arithmetic lecturer, that the college felt compelled to improve safety to shield her?
  • November 2015 – Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled  dedication to democracy of which Dr Cairncross speaks, Fallist protestors invade an emergency senate assembly at UCT and when Vice-Chancellor Max Worth  failed to accede to their calls for, he was assaulted.
  • February 2016 – Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled  dedication to democracy of which Dr Cairncross speaks, Fallist arsonists torch work on the UCT campus after which go on to torch the Jammie Shuttle bus and a van belonging to the UCT conservation unit which is used to help the poorest of the poor within the Northern Cape. Among the many artwork works destroyed by the Fallists of their lovely, respectful and principled promotion of democracy are 5 work by Richard Baholo, the primary black scholar at UCT to be awarded an MA in High quality Artwork and two collages of pictures of Black Sash activist Molly Blackburn.

This behaviour by the Fallists – who’ve the help of Dr Lydia Cairncross – was then featured in The Economist which resulted, all through the world, in monumental reputational injury to the college and the nation.

Moreover, one of the main Fallists, Alexandra Hotz, was discovered by our courts to have introduced petrol onto the campus as half of a plot to burn the college to the bottom. The plot, as half of the Fallist’s ‘principled’ contribution to constructing democracy, included an incendiary system thrown into the workplace of VC, Dr Max Worth, a heinous deed described by Jonathan Jansen as a basic instance of fascist behaviour. How, one wonders, does Dr Lydia Cairncross describe such behaviour?

  • February 2016 – A Fallist, Slovo Magida, is photographed in a UCT eating corridor sporting a T-shirt upon which the slogan Kill All Whites has been stencilled as yet one more instance of the gorgeous, respectful and principled dedication to democracy of which Dr Cairncross speaks. Magida later says he has no regrets.
  • April 2016 – ‘African Hitler’ scholar gloats over race humiliation of waitress Politicsweb. Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled  dedication  to democracy of which Dr Cairncross speaks, one of the co-founders of the RMF motion, Ntokozo Qwabe, intentionally humiliated a waitress who was making an attempt to earn cash whereas caring for her terminally-unwell mom. He publicly humiliated the waitress as a result of she is white, a lady and, for monetary causes, discovered herself in a subordinate place to him. Unusually sufficient, this manifestation of misogyny, ethnic hatred and contempt for the working class didn’t discover favour with the daddy of Ntokozo Qwabe. Unusually sufficient the general public response to this ‘beautiful, respectful and principled commitment to democracy’ was worldwide outrage and the outcome was a crowd-funding marketing campaign which raised R150 000 for her from donors everywhere in the world. Persevering with his lovely, respectful and principled pursuit of democracy, Qwabe was one of a gaggle of Fallists who disrupted the research of regulation college students getting ready for exams and on this video clip, he’s proven assaulting a fellow scholar with a stave which he termed his ‘cultural weapon’, earlier than expressing the routine ethnic hatred which permeates the Fallist rhetoric. Nothing like this occurred at UCT prior to the beginning of the fantastic Nationwide Democratic Revolution in 1994.
  • April 2016 -Displaying a wonderful, respectful and principled dedication to democracy, one of the co-founders of the RMF motion, Chumani Maxwele, assaults a feminine scholar on the Wits College campus.
  • Might 2016 – Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled dedication to democracy of which Dr Cairncross speaks, Fallists raze the Sanlam Auditorium on the College of Johannesburg.
  • Might 2016 – For some unfathomable cause Decide Roshini Allie doesn’t agree with the rivalry by Dr Lydia Cairncross that Fallist behaviour is characterised by an exquisite and respectful dedication to democracy. In an excoriating judgement within the Cape Excessive Courtroom she condemns the Shackville protestors for his or her ‘vandalism, physical and verbal abuse’.
  1. Applicant (UCT) alleged that twelfth respondent (Chumani Maxwele) was current when the bus was torched and he rolled drums into the street shortly earlier than the bus was burned.
  2. Twelfth respondent denies this allegation however candidates rely on video footage to help its allegation.
  1. College students are entitled to protest inside the boundaries of authorized protest.

Zapiro’s take on the UCT scholar protests – for extra of the cartoonist’s magic, click on right here.

Destruction of College property, blocking entry to and from the College, bodily violence in the direction of individuals who disagree with protests and categorical or implied threats to hurt individuals by displaying phrases to that impact throughout protests clearly exceed these boundaries.

The outline by Decide Allie of the Fallist behaviour as together with ‘vandalism, physical and verbal abuse’ is just not congruent with the suggestion by Dr Lydia Cairncoss that the 2-week occupation of Professor Bongani Mayosi’s workplace was characterised by ‘beautiful, respectful and principled commitment to democracy’. Given the divergent views of Decide Allie and Dr Lydia Cairncross concerning the conduct of the Fallists, I’m stunned that Cairncross didn’t publicly problem the Allie ruling.

  • September 2016 – A Wits College worker dies after inhaling hearth extinguisher fumes throughout a riot by Fallist thugs.
  • September 2016 – Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled dedication to democracy of which Dr Lydia Cairncross speaks, Fallists set the regulation library at Howard School in Durban alight. I’m not conscious of Dr Cairncross publicly condemning this incident however, writing in Enterprise Day, George Devenish, Emeritus professor at UKZN, and one of the students who assisted in drafting the interim structure in 1993, stated that this wanton and mindless Fallist destruction lowered him to tears.
  • September 2016 – Displaying the gorgeous, respectful and principled dedication to democracy of which Dr Lydia Cairncross speaks, a gaggle of Fallists on the College of KZN beats a campus safety guard to a bloody pulp leaving him critically injured. The photograph of the brutalised man on this article is telling.  If I perceive Dr Cairncross appropriately, individuals of that ilk would by no means have handled Professor Bongani Mayosi in an insulting means in the course of the two weeks by which they intentionally prevented him from working by occupying his workplaces.
  • September 2016 – Journalists and photographers overlaying Fallist riots are attacked and racially abused in a manifestation of their alleged lovely, respectful and principled dedication to democracy.
  • October 2016 – Displaying their alleged lovely, respectful and principled dedication to democracy, the Fallists try to homicide two safety guards by locking them in a constructing which that they had set alight. If Dr Cairncross criticised this evil in any means, or sought to distance herself from it, I can discover no document of such concern. A fortnight later and as an encore, the Fallists tried to homicide a safety guard throughout one of their riots at UCT. This was described in an official UCT media launch:

The College of Cape City (UCT)

The College of Cape City confirms that two personal safety guards have been brutally attacked on higher campus on 19 October 2016. One was crushed up by a gaggle of protesters close to the meals courtroom. The opposite had a rock dropped on his head from an higher storey of the Steve Biko Scholar’s Union constructing. It’s reported that he’s in hospital in a critical situation.

Preliminary reviews on the incidents point out that these assaults have been unprovoked and deliberate however Campus Safety Providers and the SA Police Service (SAPS) are investigating each incidents. Each safety guards sustained vital accidents and had to be admitted to hospital. The SAPS is investigating costs of assault with the intention of doing grievous bodily hurt.

  • October 2016 – Of their allegedly respectful means – to which Dr Lydia Cairncross can attest – the Fallists flood the Wits College’s FNB pc lab and set a bus alight within the center of Braamfontein.
  • October 2016 – Of their allegedly respectful means – to which Dr Lydia Cairncross can attest – the Fallists assault Max Worth for a second time.
  • October 2016 – Of their allegedly respectful approach – to which Dr Lydia Cairncross can attest – the Fallists strew faeces in UCT’s regulation and economics buildings.
  • October 2016 – The Supreme Courtroom of Attraction units out intimately how the Fallists, of their allegedly lovely and respectful makes an attempt to promote democracy, introduced petrol onto the campus as half of their intention to burn the college to the bottom and, in one other manifestation of their innate couth and courtesy, vandalised the UCT warfare memorial and set work alight after stoning them. Dr Cairncross has not on accessible report proven she contested the findings of this courtroom.
  • October 2016 – Prof Harro von Blottnitz‚ deputy head of the chemical engineering division at UCT lays fees towards the Fallist disruptors who’ve intimidated his college students and set off hearth extinguishers to forestall the division from doing its work.
  • December 2016 – Dr Cairncross – who, keep in mind, holds the Fallists in excessive regard – was current on the UCT Convocation AGM which had to be referred to as off as a result of of the disgracefully disruptive behaviour of the Fallists. A Google search offers no proof that she condemned this behaviour however she does guarantee us that she was not conscious of such behaviour being skilled in the course of the fortnight through which the Fallists prevented Professor Bongani Mayosi from doing his work by occupying his workplaces.
  • April 2017 – The Constitutional Courtroom turns into the third courtroom – after the Supreme Courtroom of Attraction and the Cape Excessive Courtroom – to discover that the Fallists concerned within the Shackville Protest weren’t motivated by the gorgeous and respectful dedication to democracy to which Dr Lydia Cairncross attests. I can discover no report which signifies that she has contested the findings of this courtroom.
  • September 2017 – Not even locations of worship are protected when it comes to the Fallist’s allegedly ‘beautiful and respectful’ makes an attempt to promote democracy.
  • June 2018 – Jonathan Jansen declares the Fallist choice to ban white individuals from suppers on the UCT “decolonising” winter faculty as “racist, anti-democratic and unbefitting an open university. To restrict the suppers to “people of colour” is crass and offensive, and ought to be condemned out of hand. The winter faculty itself must be decolonised, if the phrase nonetheless has any which means in any respect. We’d like a genuinely crucial, left and progressive place in larger schooling; not this type of racial backwardness.”

Do Dr Lydia Cairncross and Lorna Houston share Jansen’s outrage? In the event that they do, I’m not conscious of them expressing it and a Google search doesn’t assist in that regard.

One of the primary supporters and promoters of this FMF coverage of racial segregation – so comparable to what Rosa Parks skilled and to what Hendrik Verwoerd championed – is Alex Hotz who was present in three courtroom judgments to have introduced petrol onto the campus with the intention of beginning fires.

Viciously legal behaviour

UCTEmeritus Professor Tim Crowe

Solely two individuals, Dr Tim Crowe and Sara Gon, have persistently and publicly condemned the brutally uncouth and viciously felony behaviour of the hatred-pushed Fallist lawbreakers. This behaviour has included tried homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily hurt, arson, theft, misogyny, the desecration of a memorial to those that died in battle in defence of their nation, of fixed makes an attempt to ramp up racial tensions by means of the divisive expression of ethnic hatred and racially-provocative slogans, intimidation of journalists and photographers, trespass, the strewing of faeces, widespread disruption of educational and concrete life and infrastructure and property injury which can value greater than a billion rand to restore – however all this, you perceive,  occurred in within the context of a ‘beautiful, respectful and principled promotion of democracy’, judging by what I glean from the Every day Maverick article by Dr Lydia Cairncross which was posted on 31 July.

In her article Cairncross blames the next contributory elements which, in her opinion, led to the death of Professor Bongani Mayosi:

  • His employer, the College of Cape City
  • Our ‘pathological work culture’
  • ‘Overt and covert racism at UCT and in our society’
  • The capitalist system
  • Our uncaring social system

There isn’t any point out on this record of the position performed by the Fallists within the fortnight throughout which Professor Mayosi was prevented by them from doing his work, a fortnight during which he was uncovered to humiliation and insult together with slurs akin to ‘coconut’ and ‘sell out’ by a gaggle which has been discovered by three tiers of our courtroom system to be bereft of grace and charity and fairly prepared to exceed the bounds of civilised behaviour and the regulation. To what can this obtrusive omission be attributed?

A scholar beats the statue of Cecil John Rhodes with a stick as it’s faraway from the College of Cape City in 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

In a letter to her late husband which was learn out at his funeral, Professor Bongani Mayosi’s widow, Nonhlanhla Khumalo, described the contributory position in his premature death performed by the #FMF members who occupied his workplaces – a view which accords with that of her late husband’s colleague, the just lately-elected UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng:

“During the protests, students sent a list of demands and messages on your private cellphone at all hours. You cared so deeply for the people who now treated you as the enemy.”

In his Sunday Occasions obituary, Chris Barron wrote:

…it was tragically ironic that #FeesMustFall protestors occupied his workplace for 2 weeks after he was appointed dean of the school in 2016 and hurled insults at him calling him a “coconut” and a “sellout”.

The ordeal left him shattered. He had a nervous breakdown and had to take day without work to get well, however by no means fairly did.

Barron’s statements and people of Nonhlanhla Khumalo, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng and Jonathan Jansen, are irreconcilable with the polar reverse views expressed by Dr Lydia Cairncross in her Day by day Maverick article and I consider it’s incumbent upon her to set the document straight.

My private and subjective notion is that in her Day by day Maverick article Cairncross sought to pre-emptively downplay the outrage which might inevitably ensue as soon as the reality turned recognized concerning the position performed by the thuggish #FMF college students in Mayosi’s suicide. How does one reconcile this with the oath she took upon graduating as a medical physician?

Is a few type of atonement not referred to as for on this case?

UCT has agreed to maintain an official inquiry into the death of Professor Mayosi so extra proof will come to the fore about his last days.

Regardless of the end result, the contributory position performed by the FMF motion within the suicide of Professor Bongani Mayosi applies one other layer of indelible taint to its already irremediably tainted report.

  • Ed Herbst is a retired veteran journalist who writes in his personal capability.
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