WATCH 'I'm happy you're going' - Ex-EFF member to Jansen

2016-05-20 22:12
UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Durban - Former EFF member Andile Mngxitama told UFS vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen in front of a packed gathering on Friday that he had failed to transform higher education in South Africa.

He said Jansen had brutalised students, defended white supremacy, and allowed “Afrikanerdom” at the University of the Free State.

Shortly after Jansen had delivered the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s 10th annual Strini Moodley Memorial Lecture at its Westville Campus, questions were opened to the floor. Mngxitama took the microphone and gave Jansen a piece of his mind.

He told Umtapo, the organisation that hosted the event in partnership with the university, that it had “murdered Moodley again” by having Jansen address the gathering. Moodley was an anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned on Robben Island. He died in 2006.

“This is the man that you bring to address us about Strini Moodley’s legacy?"

Mngxitama said Jansen was preaching about students who had been excluded from universities, but had failed to transform higher education in South Africa.

“I am very happy that you are going. I am even more happy that students in this country are burning down universities because that is what decolonisation is about.”

They would burn universities down, including the UFS, he said.

Jansen did not respond.

The UFS announced on Monday that Jansen would leave his post at the end of August to become a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in September. 

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