NWU: Concerns over students caught in leadership battles, violent protests
SRC president Prince Motaung says the violent protests on campus have been difficult for first-year students.
MAHIKENG - The new Student Representative Council (SRC) at the North West University's Mafikeng campus says it's concerned that innocent students have been caught in the middle of leadership disputes and violent protests.
The institution has evacuated all students from its premises after an admin building and a portion of a residence were torched during demonstrations on Wednesday.
While the protests are believed to have been sparked by the inauguration of the new SRC student leaders say claims that they were elected undemocratically are not true.
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Newly elected SRC president Prince Motaung says the violent protests on campus have been particularly difficult for first year students whose first experience of university has been traumatic.
A first-year student says she is unable to forget what she witnessed during Wednesday's protests.
But ousted SRC leader Benz Mabengwane says the demonstrations could have been avoided if the university had heeded calls not to elect new student leaders.
At this stage, students and staff members are still unclear about when they will resume the academic year.