University Protests Seem To Be Calming Down, For Now
Higher education students across South Africa took part in protests and a national shutdown since last week to declare that all students be allowed to register and for historical debt to be cleared. The situation at campuses have now calmed down, for now.
For the past two weeks, students have been taking to the streets to demand that students with historic debt be allowed to register and to also have historic debt wiped. Now, the situation seems to be calming down.
In Cape Town, calm has returned to Universities. The University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape have allowed students to register, even with historic debt. The students do however still have to pay their student debts.
Students do however acknowledge that next year they might not be allowed the same and that they will have to pay to register and the same protests might arise.
Protests in Johannesburg, where protest action began and sparked nationwide protests, also seem to have calmed down. Many do however expect protest action to heighten as the day goes on.
Wits and University of Johannesburg students have vowed to intensify their protesting until their demands are met and to have a national shutdown.
Students in Johannesburg are however set to march to the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today as four police officers are in court for the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba who was shot at while coming out of a clinic and being caught in the protest scene. Police have been allocated to the court for security as well.
Johannesburg students have had their frustration heightened following the death of the innocent bystander along with a student being shot and wounded, allegedly by police.
In the Free State, students of the University of the Free State (UFS) and Central University of Technology (CUT), the situation seemed to be peaceful and calm. However, students from Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein are protesting and demand that academic processes are stopped until their demands are met.
UFS Student Representative Council have had engagements with University management while CUT students are meeting with stakeholders.
Students from the Tshwane University of Technology have said that they will be joining national protests from next week.
Some academic activities at Universities have been suspended until Monday.
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