NWU arson: 'The poorest of the poor will suffer'

Wits vice-chancellor Prof Adam Habib has condemned the violence at North West University, which saw a building at Mahikeng campus being set alight.

702's Xolani Gwala on Thursday spoke to Habib, who is also the chairperson of the Universities of South Africa (USA), regarding the burning issue.

Listen to the interview below:

I wouldn't put it as a third force but I do think there are protests that are happening here that are not directly linked to issues around universities.

Prof Adam Habib, Universities of South Africa chairperson

I do think we have procrastinated. I do think that all of us are responsible... We should have resolved fees, we should have resolved the accommodation crisis a long time ago.

Prof Adam Habib, Universities of South Africa chairperson

What has happened over the last couple of weeks is once you resolve one thing, somebody puts another thing on the table.

Prof Adam Habib, Universities of South Africa chairperson

One gets the impression that there's a rolling issue, so it doesn't matter how much you go out of your way to resolve it... What is becoming the intent of certain groups is to keep the institution destabilised.

Prof Adam Habib, Universities of South Africa chairperson

In Mahikeng, they burnt down the buildings. This is just not tenable anywhere in the world. How can we allow this to happen and not allow prosecutions to follow?

Prof Adam Habib, Universities of South Africa chairperson

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