Obama degree plan causes upset

2013-06-16 10:05
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Johannesburg - The University of Johannesburg’s plan to confer an honorary doctorate on US President Barack Obama has caused an upset among some staff and students at the institution, reported the Sunday Independent newspaper.

Obama is expected to speak at UJ’s Soweto campus later this month. The university’s move has angered many people who claim they were not consulted. Student Representative Council (SRC) president Levy Masete said: “It cannot be that an individual that either is or supports unequal human and territorial relationships, based on ideas of superiority and practices of dominance, and involving the extensions of authority and control of one state or people over another is honoured by our university that we continuously strive fully to transform.”

The SRC has joined forces with UJ staff, the Muslim Students Association, the South African Students Congress, the Palestinian Solidarity Forum and the Young Communist League and formed a coalition called “UJ, no you can’t honour Obama!” On its Facebook page the coalition said it was “horrified” by the move.

Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Tinyiko Maluleke told the newspaper that the matter had not been finalised.

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