Mcebo Dlamini: Zionist pressure forced Habib to remove me from office
Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini says he was removed not by the students, but by a weak man.
JOHANNESBURG - The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) SRC president Mcebo Dlamini says Vice Chancellor Adam Habib can't remove him from office because he's not God.
Habib said on Monday he was revoking an earlier concession to allow Dlamini to stay in office because he appeared to be delaying an appeal process for a conviction by a disciplinary panel.
That decision was handed down before Dlamini said last week he supported Adolf Hitler.
Defiant Dlamini said the Habib can't remove him.
"I'm not vacating my office because the students have said so, but because a weak man has said so."
But Habib said he has to ensure that the SRC's constitution is followed and he also said Dlamini's Hitler comments were now being investigated.
Habib said the institution's values were violated with the comments.
"It's not about an abandonment of free speech, but when leaders are chosen for Wits University they must speak to the values of Wits University and what he had done in that regard is he had violated the values of Wits University."
Habib confirmed that Dlamini was being forced to step down after he'd earlier been allowed to stay on in office while appealing that conviction.
But it emerged that the SRC leader appeared to be delaying the appeal process.
Habib said it was against the SRC's own constitution to be in office after being convicted by the panel.
"There can't be a situation where the constitution of the SRC isn't implemented to its fullest, and so I revoked my concession which means he has to immediately stand down."
Dlamini said he'd been removed from his position only because Habib had given into pressure from Zionists.
He said this decision showed Habib was weak.
"It's proof to everyone that white supremacy is putting its boots on the neck of the black child."