Higher Education deputy minister visits troubled campus

Higher Education Deputy Minster Mduduzi Manana has visited North West University to establish the cause of the violence.

Manana spoke to both university management and students to try get to the bottom of why protests escalated to such levels of violence that two campus buildings were burnt down.

The core issues that they have are issues about outsourcing, language policies at Potchefstroom campus which still uses Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, as well as registration fees which are prohibiting some students from registering.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

Students say the spark for this latest protest is linked to the dissolution of the old Student Representative Council - and the election of a new one. There were claims that the old SRC was not conducting their duties properly. But old SRC members and supporters involved in the protests say they did not vote for the new council and believe it does not represent them.

Meanwhile, university management say they need to do further assessments and cannot give a date when the campus will reopen.

Student leaders say when they come back - be that in a week, be that in a month, they will resume their cause because their issues need to be addressed.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

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