Classes resume at Walter Sisulu University

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor has welcomed the resumption of the academic programme at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in the Eastern Cape.

Three campuses, including Buffalo City, Butterworth and Mthatha, were closed on 7 March 2018 following several student protests. The protests were marred by violence and destruction of property.

Minister Pandor had sent a team of senior officials from the department to work with the university management and students in finding a solution to the concerns raised by students.

The official’s met with student leadership and university management on 15 and 16 March 2018, resulting in a number of decisions being made.

The three campuses resumed their academic programme on Monday.

Minister Pandor said she was pleased with the development.

She said while she is sympathetic to both the issues raised by the students and challenges faced by the university management in dealing with the issues, she was deeply concerned at the violence and destruction of property that accompanied student protests.

The Minister said violence and destruction of public property are indefensible and an affront to legitimate protests. –


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