UNISA protests: students call off strike, but demands divide Mzansi

UNISA protests: students call off strike, but demands divide Mzansi

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- Students have agreed to suspend protests and have handed over a list of demands

- While some have cheered the students, others have been critical of their requests

- Their list includes demands for laptops, a texbook grant and a reduction in fee hikes

Many UNISA students have been on strike over the last week, with a court even granting an interdict against the protesters.

But while campuses have reopened and Sasco has called off a strike that was slated to take place, the students' demands remain.

The changes the students have called for have divided support for the movement, with some cheering their demands and others criticizing them. But what exactly do the students want?

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The first demand is for laptops. Sasco has demanded that all students who are accepted should receive one in order to help them with their studies. UNISA has agreed to this, but there are still debates over what kind and quality of laptops the students should receive.

Next, students have asked for a R5000 grant toward their textbooks.

Next up on the list is a call for a more efficient application process, which Cosatu has also supported. Students have claimed that many applicants lose their places in courses due to problems with the application process.

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They also want a reduction in fee hikes of 5.3%. This is a crucial one. Sasco argues that university fees are prohibitively high.

Finally, students have asked for more communication with the relevant UNISA parties going forward. It remains to be seen what kind of agreements the parties will come to.

While the strikes seem to have been halted for now, students have warned that they will continue to protest if their demands are not addressed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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