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Katharada and Coetzee honoured

- By Wits University

Wits University confered honorary doctorates on renowned author and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee and struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada as part of the University’s annual December graduations.

Coetzee, a double recipient of the Booker prize and the 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was awarded a Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree on Monday, 10 December 2012. Katharada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and the other Rivonia trialists, spent 26 years and three months in prison on Robben Island and in Pollsmoor Prison. He was also awarded Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree on Tuesday, 11 December 2012.

Wits also conferred a Doctor of Science in Engineering degree on Prof. David Glasser, who joined Wits in 1964 and later became the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Mr Stuart Morris, a Wits alumnus, who has served the University for an uninterrupted 16 years as a member of the University Council and other various subcommittees, was honoured with a Gold Medal.

Eusebius McKaiser, radio personality, author and a fellow of the Wits Centre for Ethics, was one of guest speakers during the graduations.

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