Speech: Lucien van der Walt, 2001, “”Despotism or Democracy at Wits University? The fight for a ‘Workers’ and Peoples’ University’ in a new South Africa in 2001”

Lucien van der Walt: labour & left history, political economy, unions + class struggles

Despotism or democracy at Wits University? The fight for a “Workers’ and Peoples’ University” in a new South Africa in 2001

Lucien van der Walt,  Guest presentation for “Keep Left” meeting,
17 May 2001, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa
Social Science room 10, 1:15

Science for the PeopleRevised for publication online.

NOTE: the author was not a member of Keep Left. He spoke as an invited guest, in his capacity as an activist in the 1999-2001 struggle against privatisation and outsourcing; the talk is from the perspectives of the anarchist/ syndicalist tradition. Various other analyses of post-apartheid university restructuring that I have been involved in, can be found here.

SO, THE University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has just selected a new Vice Chancellor (VC), Norma Reid. Reid promised, in her public address for the VC post, that her concern would be to deal with the “challenges of chronic disadvantage, oppression…

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