University postpones conferring honorary degree on Obama

Johannesburg, June 26 (IANS) The University of Johannesburg Wednesday said it will put off giving an honorary degree to US President Barrack Obama to a future date.

The university is one of the largest comprehensive contact universities in South Africa, with nine faculties having more than 90 departments and an enrolment of some 50,000 students.

During Obama’s first state visit to South Africa Saturday, the university was supposed to honour Obama with an honorary degree.

The decision came after the South African Students Congress, South African Communist Party, the Young Communist League of South Africa and others prepared to demonstrate against Obama’s visit.

They are against Obama being honoured, claiming he is responsible for masterminding wars in various parts of the world and killing innocents.

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