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Adam Habib Urges Students to Suspend the Revolution and Allow Completion of the Academic Year

Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of Wits University and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution, issued a statement yesterday in which he urged all members of the university community to do everything they can to “allow for the completion of this academic year”.

South Africa's Suspended RevolutionRewolusie op ysInguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa YashiywaNtwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa

Habib’s statement follows the #FeesMustFall student protest that shook South African campuses last week and culminated in the government’s concession to discontinue the fee increases for 2016.

Habib and Wits have since put measures in place to ensure that the academic programme continue despite disruptions by smaller groups of students who continued protesting after President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on Friday.

In his statement, Habib reiterated his previous plea that students should resume their academic activities as soon as possible and announced that the exam timetable will be out on Friday.

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The University remains open and focussed on its academic programme and other operational functions, and Campus Control has been mandated to facilitate this. The police are also on standby, should they be required.

We urge all members of the University community to continue to do everything possible to allow for the completion of this academic year.

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