Varsity explains Zille lecture no-go

2012-09-13 08:03

Johannesburg - The Dean of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University decided not to allow DA leader Helen Zille to deliver a lecture on Steve Biko on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Pieter Swart said the university did not want two public lectures on the same topic.

"It simply does not make sense, it would confuse the public, split attendance, and detract from the honour to bestowed on Steve Biko and his memory (sic)."

One lecture, by the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy, had been planned since the start of the year.

The request for the other, by the Democratic Alliance Students' Organisation, came less than a week ago.

"Zille did not inform the public that she spoke at the university just a week ago, with full consent of the university," Swart said.

Zille said on Twitter: "Very sadly the university refused me permission to be there. They said there is another one [lecture]. I was [very] disappointed."

Thursday marked the 34th anniversary since anti-apartheid activist Biko was murdered by police while in custody.

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-09-13 08:18

    Why does he think Zille will reflect negatively on Biko? Did he see her speech in print beforehand or is he inciting discord?

      tulani.tshaka - 2012-09-13 08:26

      because now the SASCO which is ANC is no longer in charge of SRC it's DASO which is DA now you know why. - 2012-09-13 08:46

      He is an idiot !!!

      johnnie.vercuil - 2012-09-13 09:31

      He has a "onetrack" mind.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-13 11:32

      @ Sussana He didn't thin Zille would reflect negatively on Biko, he said there was already another lecture pre planned on the same topic, and so having two lectures would split attendance.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-09-13 08:19

    Do not worry Helen, they are the ones with the red faces. They are so scared that you will win votes for the DA.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-13 08:45

      Was it a DA campaign?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 10:04

      lol Joe

      Jon Low - 2013-11-02 00:10

      Helen Zille, then a journalist, was the person who first broke the news that Biko had died after being beaten up by the police.

  • abram.spamers - 2012-09-13 08:25

    Well I guess it makes sense to do only one lecture on a specific topic but what I'm wondering is who is doing the other lecture (it is probably predictable though).

  • - 2012-09-13 08:29

    Yeah millions would believe them, but we all know the real reason why Zille was denied the stage...

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-13 08:30

    Some chappie is bent over well and truly to extend political bias in an agenda seemingly. No wonder eastern capees are refugees from sanity amongst a horde of other ailments. This is the INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED Leader of the Opposition being slapped in the face!

      Barefoot - 2012-09-13 08:39

      So should the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy move over even if they planned long in advance - Zille probably thought about going there last week and thought the stage will definitely be her's

      Barefoot - 2012-09-13 08:54

      unathipresh.tyalimpi unfortunately for you she has a lot to say. clearly you don't know much.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-13 08:31

    he "Dean" ? most probably thinks she does not know enough or too white. In any case this topic has been driven so hard that it has become a fart.

  • Barefoot - 2012-09-13 08:33

    So someone makes plans a year in advance and you come last week and expect to be the first priority? i like the DA but this is totally cheap - is this what you'll be doing when in power coming late and wanting to take someone else's spot?

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-13 08:42

      Yeah like that really is the real story. Catch a wake up man!

      Barefoot - 2012-09-13 08:51

      greg.quinn.353 do you know something else that was not reported if so please do tell. I'm tired of 'conspiracy' theories being hatched every time a report does not suit someones liking.

  • pro.cctv - 2012-09-13 08:37

    "At the centre of advancement of Non Racialism and Democracy" they are racist???? No wonder this country is in the position it is. The ANC/Mandela/Zuma/Malema and all their cadres have NO RESPECT for anyone. Tired of this new APARTHEID. I lived under the old apartheid for 15 years, now, nearly 20 years under the new APARTHEID. How the hell is that FAIR????? They made a fantastic racist out of me (up to 2008 I had no problems). Then Malema/Zuma came into the picture.

      skhulile.sambo - 2012-09-13 09:34

      Do not ever put malema/zuma in the sentence with mandela ever.

  • qhama.bona - 2012-09-13 08:42

    Why would Helen Zille deliver a lecture on someone who championed the ideology of black consciousness? I'm sorry but since when can she lecture people about being black? It just doesn't make sense, maybe I would listen to her on other topics but not on black consciousness. It's also mischievous of her to say she was denied the right to speak because just a couple of weeks back she was given a platform to speak at the university. But hey this is South Africa and everything is possible in this great country of ours...

      DPMGG - 2012-09-13 08:57

      Probably you don't know that Zile was the reporter who reported about Steve Biko's death and police brutality. The world knew Biko's death because of Zille. Zille was against apartheid. Do your research thoroughly before you comment. The same applies to Zapiro. Zapiro and his mom were UDF members aginst apartheid and conscription. Today he is vilified by ANC for telling the truth in catoons.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 09:04

      Stupid fool she was there and she was the journalist who told the world about his death. Why don't you go on the Internet and read about Me Zille's history. She has done more for the struggel than you have done. Come tell us what you did!

      osmaseko - 2012-09-13 09:09

      No one is disputing the fact that she is the one who broke the story...but realy do you expect the Madamme to speak about black consciousness? She's white come on people LMAO.....hai no

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 10:11

      My thoughts exactly @osmaseko, yes she broke the story but she does not know what Biko stood for (Black consciousness) and what speech can she deliver about black consciousness? really now.....THINK

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-09-13 08:43

    the world would have remained ignorant about the real cause of biko's death if it was not for zille. chin up zille you did great.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-09-13 08:45

    One would have thought that the journalist who was the one who broke the news of Biko's death would have been the most likely person to have spoken about it, despite the fact that Zille is the leader of the opposition. We at least know that Zille was there and that's important, because the we don't know what the other lecture was about and who delivered it.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-13 08:52

    Daso just wants to upstage Sasco viva!!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-09-13 09:48

      Viva, Interruption of classes, Viva! Viva, intimidation of students, Viva! Viva, tear-gas in air ducts, Viva! Viva, looting of cafeterias, Viva! Viva, better laptops for free-ride students, Viva! Dumba$$!

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-13 09:05

    she seek for political scores in order to recruit members to her party,what a shame she lack a representative capacity.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-13 10:15

      Why don't you recruit some brain cells so you can have an intelligence capacity?

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-13 09:13

    We don't care if the Madame broke the story about Biko, how can you expect a white person to speak about black consciousness? People get a life, do you expect Malema to give a lecture about De Klerk or Verwoerd? Do you expect Kohler Barnard to give a lecture about Chris Hanni? hahahahah people get a life

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 09:19

      Racist fool!

      theo.konings.9 - 2012-09-13 09:46

      I think that a lot of blacks(This idiot included) are more racist than the average white person.I would not care who gave a lecture on anybody if they had some part in said persons history.Racist little fool.

      zeepolar - 2012-09-13 10:15

      "if a black man is racist is it okay...if its a white man's racism that made him that way? " - Spider's Web, Katie Melua. Black people were made to be racist. Some white people are naturally racist.

      osmaseko - 2012-09-13 11:06

      call me names I don't care, the fact remains no white person can talk about black onsciousness...!

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-09-13 09:14

    Do not worry Zille, we will call you for Pik Botha lecture very soon.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 09:17

      Stupid ignorant fool!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 10:13


  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 09:15

    These ignorant people insulting Me Zille's person must read about her history. She has done more for the liberation than any of this ignorant fools commenting on her. If only one of them can prove they have done more than her then tel us! Me Zille should be treated as a hero. And today she is still a honest person and not like some of the ANC caders who are only looking after themself. Sham on all of you not respecting her for all she done.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-13 09:19

    Of course they would stop Zille from speaking, I doubt many black SAfricans know what Zille did and if Zille is given the chance to tell what she has done then the ANC can't shout Zille is racist etc.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-09-13 09:22

    i bet the idiot that made the decided to cancel dont even know that Helen Zille was the only journalist that had the guts to report the dead of Steve Biko under apartheid but hey thats not the history that the rulling party wants to be out in the public domian sad bunch of incompotent idiots

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 10:15

      Because she was white......she was not under any threat

  • angela.michaels.73 - 2012-09-13 09:55

    Seeing Zille was the journalist who exposed how the Nats murdered Biko it would be fitting for her to talk, unfortunately her organisation dropped the ball as far as organisation goes by applying way too late. I wouldn't read too much into this , it's a matter of good manners, the university is obliged to honour the first organisation to whom they gave permission and yes to have two lectures on the same day in the same place is one too many.

  • zeepolar - 2012-09-13 10:12

    Helen Zille will be delivering a lecture here at UCT next week.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 10:15

      There we go....problem solved

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-13 10:23

    Another lame excuse. A different view point, might just get the audience some food for thought. Or is brainwashing the theme of the day.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-13 10:31

    With an academic for a husband, one would assume that madame is acclimatized to University operations. Seriously 2 public lectures on the same topic, what a dumb idea, see you soon on Sony Max madame. I hope to watch you on World's dumbest Varsity Crushers!

  • Tebogo Sbibo Kgopa - 2012-09-13 13:14

    Hav nothing against Mrs Zille,but the day was about the life and times of Biko,and not about who exposed his death.If Mrs Zille knew how Mr Biko lived and knew the reasons for his views then she had something to say.

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