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An open letter to the readers of Adam Habib's 'Rebels and Rage'

The vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand has written a book. It reflects on his experiences of the historic movement of students and workers, and the protests, of 2015-16 that played out partly at our institution. We are among the academics referred to in the book as “the far-left”, and/or described during the protests as “left-leaning”. We have many disagreements with the substantive arguments of the book. We will engage those as part of the ongoing debate opened by the student-worker movement about the nature and form of the university, the academic project, the possibilities for South African society, and of politics itself. But in this letter, there are some troubling a

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