Student activist Mcebo Dlamini has come out to once again slate Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib in relation to the university’s latest fee-increase announcement.
This after the university announced an average 8% increase for tuition and residence fees. The fee increment is also applicable for international students. It’s the maximum increase suggested by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, and several other universities have announced the same figure.
“The Council of the University of the Witwatersrand has confirmed that the University will be increasing fees for the 2017 academic year by an average of 8% for tuition and residence fees. An 8% increase is also applicable for international student fees. The only exception is for postgraduate programmes run in the Wits School of Governance, where tuition fees will increase by 9.5%. These increases are in line with the recommendations made by the state in September this year.”
Dlamini said he’d warned students this would happen. He said he had warned them Habib would increase the fees after university exams.
“Those in government who are obsessed with 3rd force they must not look further than Adam Habib.
“Adam Habib is an unconscious racist, uncircumcised in heart. Adam Habib is disrespectful to South Africans.
“I must say that i personally warned students against this when they started talking exams and the SRC meeting Habib at night in Hotels at Rosebank.
“I told them that this devil is waiting for them to write exams and go home for him to increase the fees, while they are home drunk with festive alcohol this thing will announce fee increment then academically exclude and expel all those who lead protests …..now I have no comment. After finishing writing tomorrow I am going home to rest.. I am tired.”
The university, however, says the decision to raise fees was reached in consultation with the elected students’ representative council (SRC).
“The decision on the 2017 fee increase was recommended by management and the Financial Committee (FinCo) of the University and approved by Council after consultation with the elected SRC.
“The SRC is represented on FinCo and Council and had requested a 0% increase in tuition fees for 2017. Their input was considered and deliberated extensively before the final decision was made.”