Wits University has announced professor Zeblon Vilakazi as the next vice-chancellor and principal of the university.

He takes over from professor Adam Habib who has been at the position for seven years.

Vilakazi said it is an honour for him to have been appointed to this position.

He also said he is committed to working with his esteemed colleagues, fellow academics and students to move South Africa and the economy forward.

Adding, he said there is need to continue to develop the originators, innovators and critical thinkers who can help solve the problems of the 21st century.

Chairperson of the Wits Council Isaac Shongwe said the university is confident in Vilakazi’s abilities which will be tested when he takes the position in January.