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UWC refutes claims on lack of intellectual discourse at institution

The claims emerged during a public debate at the launch of a new book called ‘Let’s Talk Frankly’.

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane says he wrote 'Let’s Talk Frankly' to stir up public discussion about the state of the nation. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape's (UWC) Vice Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius has refuted claims of a lack of intellectual discourse at the institution.

This emerged during a public debate at the launch of Onkgopotse JJ Tabane's new book at UWC last night.

Tabane said he wrote Let's Talk Frankly to stir up public discussion about the state of the nation and politics.

#LetsTalkFrankly Tabane says the most important letter in the book is the one he's written to president Jacob Zuma. MM

Tabane believes there's not sufficient intellectual discourse especially at universities like UWC, which he says was a space of robust debate during the 80s.

#LetsTalkFrankly Tabane firing shots at the ANC, DA and even his alma mater UWC. MM pic.twitter.com/58m2AEjZYv

Pretorius said he was shocked by Tabane's sweeping statement.

"University's impact our society in various ways not merely by being a social commentator."

Tabane later responded he doesn't deny the university's impact in society but feels academics and students need to speak out publicly on topical issues such as politics.

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