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GP vice-chancellors call for stability in higher education

In a joint briefing in Auckland Park, vice-chancellors appealed for an end to violent demonstrations.

Wits University SRC president Nompendulo Mkhatshwa stood with other student leaders from across SA to state the demands they will put before higher education minister Dr Blade Nzimande in the 2016 #FeesMustFall campaign.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng-based university vice-chancellors have called for stability in the higher education sector after months of protests. 

Students have been protesting against higher fees and outsourcing. 

In a joint briefing in Auckland Park the vice chancellors appealed for an end to violent demonstrations.

WATCH: #Feesmustfall reloaded.

The vice-chancellors say they unequivocally support access to quality education but they cannot allow another disrupted academic year. 

University of Johannesburg Vice-Chancellor Ihron van Rensburg says the academic year cannot be compromised for a minority. 

He has condemned the disruption of registration at a number of universities saying the majority of students want to begin their academic year. 

Van Rensburg says they are determined to start teaching.

TUKS STUDENTS RECEIVE SECOND COURT ORDER AGAINST PROTESTING

At the same time, a second court order has been issued to demonstrating University of Pretoria workers and the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) student command.

They have been demonstrating for more than a week, calling for an end to the outsourcing of workers.

LISTEN: UP shuts down in student protests.  


There are also calls for a basic salary of R10,000.

Police issued the court order to end the demonstrations.

Protesters have been issued with a second court order to cease all demonstrations outside the gates of the university.

The order states that members of the EFF student command, who have been demonstrating alongside workers, should take the necessary steps to ensure no entrance to the institution is barred.

It goes further to say that no demonstrations will be allowed within 50 meters of an entrance to the campus

However, demonstrators say they will be back tomorrow.

No arrests have been made today.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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