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Habib defends use of private security at Wits protest

Witwatersrand University Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib has defended his decision to bring private security services onto campus during student protests last week.

In a letter to his staff, Professor Adam Habib said that hiring a private security company gave the institution more operational control on campus.

Habib on Monday explained that university would've needed a court order to get public order police onto the campus.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

The only way we could get it together was using the private security.

Adam Habib, Wits University Vice Chancellor

Existing campus control does not have the training or capacity to manage large scale protests, so we had to bring them in.

Adam Habib, Wits University Vice Chancellor

We've had 100% face-to-face registration since Wednesday and online registration. The campus has been safe and everything has been working as a result of the private security.

Adam Habib, Wits University Vice Chancellor

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