University of Fort Hare appoints new Chancellor

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The University of Fort Hare is turning newer in its new century with the appointment of Advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza as Chancellor who will serve according to the university statutes a term of five (5) years, this following an inclusive stakeholder process that finally received the nod from a special council meeting on 27th January 2017. The university has also recently acquired services of Professor Sakhela Buhlungu as Vice Chancellor and Rector.The University of Fort Hare prides itself of having in its list of father figures the likes of, Makhenkesi Stofile, Justice Thembile Skweyiya, Govan Mbeki, Sibusiso Bhengu, Danisa Baloyi and Oliver Tambo.   Adv. Ntsebeza was admitted as an attorney in 1984, practicing in the Eastern Cape, mainly in the area of human rights.

He represented a number of political prisoners throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995 he was appointed one of the Commissioners in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He is a founder of South African National Association of Democratic Lawyers and served as its President. He also served as president of South Africa's Black Lawyers Association.   In 2000, Adv. Ntsebeza was called to the Bar in Cape Town, where he took Silk in 2005, becoming the first African to be conferred Silk status in the history of the Cape Bar. He has practised in the Johannesburg Bar since 2008. He has a passion for Constitutional and Administrative Law, Labour Law, Mining Law and Land Law. Adv Ntsebeza is a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), where he has acts as the commission's spokesperson. He has also sat as a judge in various divisions of the High Court of South Africa - in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape (Mthatha), Gauteng, and in all the Labour Courts.   Since October 2012 Adv Ntsebeza has represented before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, 36 families of striking miners who were killed by the police at Marikana in August 2012.