[LISTEN] Wits VC Adam Habib shares insights from his book on Fees Must Fall

Prominent and outspoken university official, Wits University Vice Chancellor Adam Habib takes a characteristically frank view of the past three years on South Africa’s campuses in his new book Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall.

READ: Wits VC Adam Habib warns against creating political mobs

To discuss the book and why he decided to write it, Habib sits down with Eusebius McKaiser. Habib says one of the reasons he wrote about the #FeesMustFall movement is that many people didn't know what happened.

There was a lot of rhetoric, there was a lot of emotion but people didn't know what was happening. From simple things like was I hijacked on that morning to stay overnight in the concourse? Or did I do it voluntarily? All those little issues were just not tabulated.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

He says he was concerned with a very crude caricature that came about in the early reflections of #FeesMustFall.

One was that the vice chancellors and your liberal individuals who want to do-in black students and then black students are the radical inteligencia building a new society. I think it was crude, it was caricatured but I wanted to reflect the complexities of that story.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

He adds that the first part of the book is to set the historical record of the events that took place before, during and after the protests.

I agree it is my perspective, and I think that somebody down the line will do a more distant measured analysis but this is my optics and I think it was important that the voice of vice-chancellors is put in the public discourse.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

To particularly understand the hard trade-offs that had to happen in making decisions, the multiplicities of conflicting demands that are made on a daily basis.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

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