This is not going to end well for Adam Habib. The former Principal of Wits University has caused outrage this week, after he liberally used the ‘N-word’ during a webinar with a group of students. The 56-year-old is now a Director at the University of London – but he’s done nothing to endear himself to his classes.
Who is Adam Habib? Prof in hot water over ‘N-word’ usage
It all kicked off when Adam Habib was asked about his own use of the N-word by one of the intrepid students. None of those on the call, however, could have expected him to actually use the grossly offensive term. He was rightly called out by the youngsters on the call – and that’s when his dubious attempts to backtrack began.
The Pietermaritzburg-born Professor said that the word is ‘commonly used’ in South Africa, and he only uttered it ‘to provide context’ to his original point. However, the kids online did a brilliant job of holding Adam Habib to account – even if some of the students had to fight through an overwhelming urge to ‘facepalm’ whenever he was speaking:
Watch: Adam Habib lectured by students after ‘N-bomb row’
- This is where Habib uses the N-word:
SA media is silent, again…
— R MANGALISO SOBUKWE (@kgotsoolebogeng) March 12, 2021
- And this is the reaction afterwards – the young lad in the bottom left does brilliantly to put the Director back in his place:
Students in the UK are fed up with Adam Habib thank God. We’ve been warning people about this uncultured charlatan.
He used the N Word in a meeting with Students.
NB: Got the video from Mcebo Dlamini pic.twitter.com/DPcuUo1WgG
— Modibe Modiba (@mmodiba10) March 11, 2021
EFF outraged by ex-Wits Principal and his ‘racial slur’
The clip was uploaded onto social media late on Thursday evening. Of course, the EFF has picked up on it, becoming the first political party in South Africa to condemn Habib’s remarks. The Red Berets want him removed from his directorship at the University of London – a position he took up just two months ago.
“The EFF calls on the University of London to remove the idiotic liar Adam Habib for his use of a racial slur. Instead of withdrawing his remarks, he went on a maniacal rage, raising his voice to defend the indefensible. Worse than that, Habib uses a filthy lie by saying the N-word is common in South Africa. He must be thrown into the dustbin of history.”