FeesMustFall agitator and former Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) president Mcebo Dlamini has been crowned “vice-chancellor of Wits”.
This comes after Wits University VC Prof Adam Habib went missing at a General Assembly meeting held today.
The meeting was aimed at addressing the growing crisis at universities nationwide; which stemmed from a proposed fee increase by the department of Higher Education.
Wits VC Habib was nowhere to be found after the students had gathered to have a dialogue with him. His disappearance followed an earlier announcement that the institution has postponed the crucial meeting due to safety concerns.
Student President Mcebo Dlamini Takes Over
After waiting patiently for Habib, together with students inside the fully packed marquee on the Library Lawns‚ Mcebo Dlamini took over the meeting, declaring himself the VC.
Leading the assembly, he maintained that Habib acted unfairly by cancelling the General Assembly, as students had invested their time in it.
“As of now‚ I’m now taking over as vice-chancellor. Comrades‚ with the power that has been vested in me, I’m going to chair the assembly‚” he said to a round of applause.
The FeesMustFall chief campaigner also lambasted Habib for acting in “bad faith” and abandoning the General Assembly for selfish reasons.
“We now demand the assembly. He didn’t consult us when he cancelled it. He woke up from wherever he was sleeping and decided that he is not ready to face students; he is not ready to give the reality of this campus‚” Dlamini bashed him.
He reiterated that the university will remain shut until their demands are met. In addition, the leader of the protesting movement called on Habib to join in a march to provincial and government sites as a sign of support.
On Friday morning‚ the university said it had reached a consensus with all university constituencies including Council‚ Senate‚ Convocation‚ labour and staff‚ but not with the protesting students.
BuzzSouthAfrica promises to keep you updated with more details of the General Assembly as events unfold.