Greet­ings, Dr Haf­fa­jee

CityPress - - News - – Zinhle Ma­pumulo

For­mer City Press ed­i­tor Fe­rial Haf­fa­jee re­ceived an honorary doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Free State on Thurs­day in recog­ni­tion of her role in jour­nal­ism over the past 25 years. Haf­fa­jee said this was a big mo­ment for her as she wore the gown and hat – some­thing she missed out on when she com­pleted her BA de­gree at Wits in 1989.

“Black stu­dents had boy­cotted the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony and I never got to wear the gown.”

Ex­plain­ing why Haf­fa­jee got the doc­tor­ate, Pro­fes­sor Mi­la­gros Rivera, act­ing dean of the hu­man­i­ties fac­ulty, said: “Haf­fa­jee has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to press free­dom in South Africa. She is known in­ter­na­tion­ally for the work she has done and it is an honour to have her be­come a Kovsie.”

Dr Fe­rial Haf­fa­jee and Dr Khotso Mokhele, UFS chan­cel­lor

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