The time has come for the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town to go.

He is someone I have known and liked for years, but the situation he has allowed to develop cannot continue.

Max has presided over an administration which has allowed a small group of student activists to believe they have a right to intimidate lecturers, burn works of art and vandalise the campus.

When I met Max Price in London earlier this month we discussed the issues for over half an hour.

I pointed out that this trend began with the Rhodes must fall campaign and has spiralled out of control.

He told me he supported the removal of the Rhodes statue. I suggested this was a mistake, which has unleashed the current train of events.

The right not to be offended

What the student activist believe is that they have a right not to be offended. And Max agrees.

That is not a position I recognise or accept. Students come to university to debate, discuss and above all to learn.

Students receive no guarantee that they will not be offended at some time during their education.

Conservative Christians might not like the teachings of Darwin. Conservative Muslims might object to seeing photographs or paintings of people. That is the price you pay for studying at a liberal University.

By allowing the myth to develop that students can have any lecturer or art work removed because they are offended by them, Max Price has abandoned a central tenet of higher education: tolerance of difference.

How long will it be before offending books are removed from the library or defaced? Once such a suggestion would have seemed fanciful; absurd. But no longer.

For these reasons I believe the Vice-Chancellor should resign or be removed. He has outstayed his welcome at my university.

Martin