Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SASCO not happy with closing of Walter Sisulu University

Loyiso Langeni
28 August 2013

The South African Student Congress said it is disgusted by the decision of the administrator to close the University of Walter Sisulu due to protest. 

In a statement the administrator wrote the response to the offer made by management to staff last week has not been sufficiently conclusive to enable classes to resume. 

Sasco Secretary General Themba Masondo said they call on the administrator to reverse the decision.

Masondo added that said this is a crisis and it requires urgent intervention.

“We are very disappointed that the Administrator issued a notice telling students that they must evacuate campus to hardly represents, the debacle is far from being resolved and the working class children are being denied their right of education.” Masondo said.

Masondo added further they will continue to engage with the department of higher education and training and engage with their allies the labour union NEHAWU to try and find resolution.

Meanwhile the Congress of the People’s Student Movement also called for immediate intervention at the university. 

Cope Student Movement President Sthembiso Dlela said sending students home is not a solution on the matter but to rather address the matter is what is needed to be done. 

Dlela added that the President and the Minister of Higher Education are not intervening on this matter, yet on the issue of Rhodes University they intervened immediately when they had a water crisis.

“We don’t understand whether it’s because of the poor career advantage at the university or whether they want to close it down,” Dlea said.

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