Student body calls for calm at universities

A student organisation has said that the violence that has marred student protests must end immediately.

The South African Further Education and Training Student Association (SAFETSA) President Yonke Twani was speaking at a Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Monday in Boksburg.

The forum was attended by students, parents, business and labour.

Twani said those who destroy university infrastructure must face the law.

“We cannot continue like this… when you bring law enforcement in place, it means you are saying there must be peace,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor of Wits University, Professor Adam Habib, warned that if the situation at universities does not change, they will not be able to graduate anyone this year.

Article continues below...

“The country will have 1 600 fewer doctors in January 2017 and the economy will have to deal with 1 000 fewer engineers and accountants.”

He said 16 of the 26 universities in the country were closed on Monday due to ongoing violent protests by some students.

“Urgent engagement is needed to immediately resolve the fee issue. No students should not study due to violence,” said Professor Habib.

True Technologies Aug