University Campus Shutdown After Student Protests

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In the past few weeks, students have been in protest in various universities across the country. New developments have been taking place, as some students are still facing registration issues.

 


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Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students have been evicted from the university residences.

This follows the university closing its Butterworth campus. The university’s Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rushiella Songca confirmed that this particular campus will remain closed until further notice.

In a statement, the university shared that the disruptions resulted in the university's property being damaged and the lives of both staff members and students being threatened.

According to the university, they have managed to resolve almost all of the issues that were raised by students, ranging from registrations and students converting from PGCE to Advanced Diploma in Education promotions.

The key issue that student formations have been vocal about is the issue of unregistered students, especially as the registration period ended on 3 March 2022.

It has been reported that a number of students aren’t registered due to student debt.

The province's South African Students Congress (SASCO) leadership said that there had been a court interdict that was issued for students to vacate the university’s residences.

According to SASCO leader, Athenkosi Sityatha, the university involved law enforcement agencies to remove students from the university premises.

Sityatha further said that the students had not been given more than 24 hours to vacate. 

Some have gone back home and some have received shelter from friends and fellow students.

Sityatha asks the university to extend the registration period so that students are able to resolve their registration problems.

SASCO asks that the cohort of students who are academically deserving ought to be automatically registered even though they have debts under their names.

Songca has requested that the Butterworth Management and Office of the Rector engage staff and students so that a resolution is taken at both campus and university levels.

 


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