'Student demands are impossible without the state getting involved'

Wits vice-chancellor, Prof Adam Habib, says demands of protesting students are 'impossible' for the universities to meet without state intervention.

702's Xolani Gwala spoke to him about the continued protest action by students on various campuses and how university management has responsed.

Listen to the interview below:

The students would like the issue of free fees to be put on the agenda and that's just impossible for us to do. The universities are not in a position to do that without the state gettting involved.

Prof Adam Habib, Wits university vice-chancellor

We didn't increase the registration fee. If you have the money, which is R9300, then you pay. If you don't then you simply fill in a form then you register.

Prof Adam Habib, Wits university vice-chancellor

There's the missing middle, these people are too rich for NSFAS, but too poor to pay for education on their own. Their debt is R900 milllion and we just simply can't let that R900 million go away.

Prof Adam Habib, Wits university vice-chancellor

That has to be a matter of public policy determined by the national state.

Prof Adam Habib, Wits university vice-chancellor

This idea in our society where if I don't get my way, I will threaten to destroy things has to stop. This is the place where we create the leaders of our future.

Prof Adam Habib, Wits university vice-chancellor

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