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Vice chancellors call on political leaders to resolve tensions on campuses

University vice chancellors are taking part in a panel discussion under the theme 'universities might fall'.

FILE: A UCT FeesMustFall protester drums on a dustbin during the UCT protests on lower campus. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - University vice chancellors have reflected on the Fees Must Fall protests and tertiary education in the country, and have called on greater political will from leaders in order to resolve the tensions on campuses.

Professors Adam Habib and Jonathan Jansen have been speaking at the Kingsmead Book Fair this afternoon during a panel discussion under the theme "universities might fall".

Jansen, who is the former vice chancellor at the University of the Free State, says the country's education crisis will only be solved through better political leadership.

"We can fix the politics in this country. I think South Africans must take the next elections very seriously because I don't believe we can continue with the same kind of politics."

Wits University's Adam Habib has called for more effective policing in order to protect public infrastructure.

The education leaders have reflected on a variety of issues, including race relations on campus, student funding and the nature of activism at universities.

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