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Dlamini’s remarks are silly – Habib

FILE PICTURE: Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini delivers a speech at Wits University, with Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib also pictured (left). (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Alon Skuy)

FILE PICTURE: Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini delivers a speech at Wits University, with Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib also pictured (left). (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Alon Skuy)

Wits University’s vice-chancellor and principal Professor Adam Habib has described comments made by former students’ representative council (SRC) president Mcebo Dlamini as silly and lacking any evidence.

This comes after Dlamini slammed Habib, labelling him racist and ‘anti-black’. “That university, under Habib, is anti-black. Habib protects white minds and preserves white supremacy,” Dlamini said.

“His devilish tendencies protect the legacy of apartheid. He is as dangerous to man as chicken pox,” he added.

On Tuesday, the university made public the outcomes of the review of the disciplinary decision against Dlamini. According to a statement released by the university, there were two charges against Dlamini related to a case that happened in 2014.

In the wake of the review, Dlamini said he was not shocked by the outcome of the disciplinary hearing, calling it a “100% white kangaroo court”.

Dlamini also accused Habib of trying to sabotage him, pointing out that two members of the disciplinary committee were also his lecturers.

“[Dlamini’s statements] often do not make sense and [responding to them] is a pointless exercise,” Habib said.

He added Wits University’s rules applied equally to all and their implementation were governed by council and the senate. He also said the statement that was released was done by the Chair of the Council, and therefore carried the authority of the entire university.

“This matter is now closed. Mr Dlamini would do well to learn from this incident,” he said.

It was also made clear through the statement that the hearing and subsequent review had nothing to do with comments Dlamini made earlier this year that he loves Adolf Hitler.

Meanwhile, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) announced it would be pursuing hate speech cases against Dlamini.

“The SAJBD remains convinced that Mr Dlamini’s comments are not protected by the Constitution and will continue to pursue the cases of hate speech that have been laid both with the South African police and with the SA Human Rights Commission,” the organisation said in a statement.

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