- The EFF has welcomed the University of London's decision to suspend Professor Adam Habib
- Habib used a racial slur during a virtual meeting with members of the university
- The EFF branded him a racist and social media users have reacted to the news of his suspension
The Economic Freedom Fighters have celebrated the University if London's decision to suspend Professor Adam Habib from his new position as the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Habib had used the word in a meeting after another someone used it to refer to another student. It visibly upset the members taking part in the Zoom meeting.
"EFF Welcomes The Removal Of Adam Habib pending an investigation into his racist conduct."
The university revealed that Habib had agreed to step down from the position while an investigation is conducted.
"Thank you very much @SOAS. Leadership for instructing Adam Habib to step aside whilst the investigations of his conduct, racism and arrogance goes on. There’s no amount of right-wing racist support for Habib that will prevent the School from holding him accountable. #FireHabib!"
Social media users reacted to the news of Habib's suspension:
"Racist Adam Habib has been suspended as SOAS director while an investigation into allegations of racism at the school conducted. Follows furore over his use of N-word in meeting with students."
"In thinking, he was entitled to use the N-Word as a generically black South African, Adam Habib may have lacked the social intelligence required in his new environment, but the vitriolic campaign from elements from his own country, seemingly to settle old scores, is sad to watch."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former University of a Witwatersrand vice-chancellor Adam Habib has angered many with his use of a racial slur. Habib said the n-word while addressing students during a webinar. Habib currently works as the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
In videos shared on social media, Habib can be heard saying that the word is commonly used where he comes from (SA). Students during the webinar called Habib out for the usage of the racial slur but he quickly defended himself as they expressed their anger.
The EFF has now called for Habib to be fired and brought to book due to his series of tweets regarding his usage of the word.
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