Scenes of chaos as Nzimande, Habib jeered by students

The National Education Crisis Forum convention has degenerated into chaos with students throwing chairs and water bottles at each other.

FILE: Blade Nzimande. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande have been prevented from speaking at the National Education Crisis Forum in Midrand.

The convention has degenerated into chaos with students throwing chairs and water bottles at each other.

The two-day forum, which started on Saturday, was planned under the leadership of retired Deputy Justice of the Constitutional Court Dikgang Moseneke, with a number of dignitaries attending.

Habib has been disrupted by students who say they don’t want vice-chancellors to speak at the event.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana called students to order and stopped Habib from continuing with his speech.

“In the agenda that has been declared and was negotiated there was no space for vice-chancellors and therefore the students are saying if we are to change we should have negotiated – it’s a fair point. We will then continue without the vice-chancellor speaking and continue the programme as planned.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)