Union wants all universities shut down: Financial woes face students

Union wants all universities shut down: Financial woes face students

- Mzansi's universities have yet to open, but the drama has already started with protests taking place yesterday

- The South African Union of Students has called for a national shutdown of all universities

- This comes after discussions between the Department of Higher Education and the union fell through

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The South African Union of Students is eyeing a nationwide shutdown of all universities after discussions failed.

eNCA reports that the union and the Department of Higher Education had not seen eye-to-eye over admission for poor students with existing debts.

On behalf of the union, Bongani Mahlangu says that negotiations had fallen through when the department opted to change its tune:

“The negotiations we've been having with the department since last year ... have collapsed. We have negotiated and agreed on things with the department and then when the department goes and make the final decision on their own, they change everything.”

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Mahlangu is adamant that the shutdown will continue until their demands are met, Briefly.co.za gathered.

This comes after the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Howard College campus was disrupted by students who were required to settle 15% of their outstanding fees before registering for a new year.

Mpahathi Majola spoke on behalf of the university, where all activities had been brought to an end in light of the protests:

“Part of the battle here is the issue of financial exclusion. So, once we are able to deal with that issue all other issues are secondary. There are secondary issues like residences, as well as the issue of post-graduate intakes. But, the starting point is to get the issue of financial clearance out of the way because a majority of the students are not registered primarily because they are owing."

With no agreement reached, the protests are expected to continue on Tuesday.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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