EDITORIAL | Hurtful utterances do nothing but reverse SA’s gains

Academics should not shy away from controversial debate, but they must avoid upsetting remarks

08 April 2021 - 20:17 By sunday times daily

Four SA thought leaders have curiously come out in support of former Wits university vice-chancellor Adam Habib, suspended for using the “N-word” in a discussion with students. Their article was published in the same week reports emerged of University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Lwazi Lushaba telling first-year political science students that “Hitler committed no crime”. Both highly offensive actions by two academics. Though uttered in different contexts, both appeared to have been equally deaf to the hurt their words would cause...

This article is free to read if you sign up or sign in.

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.