Wits VC Adam Habib warns against creating political mobs

As social media has shown in recent days, racist incidents and statements are common practice.

That should hardly be surprising given our particular history and the enduring fault lines that continue to keep us apart.

What is surprising is our reaction to it says the University of Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib who warns that we run the risk of creating political mobs on social media and in real life and that people may end up taking the law into their own hands.

READ: Callers: Adam Habib's critique of the EFF is alarmist and fear-mongering

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa the vice-chancellor says we must take a position against racism and we have laws against it.

I think it is important when people realise that there are going to be consequences, they will pay the price and learn the lessons.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor Wits University

But what I really worry about, is when we start political mobs, we saw in the previous incident with the guy on the beach, what had happened is a group of people said let's identify him.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor Wits University

The positive part of it is that they did identify him, the negative part of it that they identified other members of his family.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor Wits University

I saw a posting of a young man who put a knife in his hand and he said let me find this man's children.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor Wits University

He says that kind of behaviour is unacceptable and we have laws and public officials who must learn to do their jobs.

Listen below to the full interview:


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