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Walter Sisulu University bankrupt

Govt is looking into the seven-week strike which brought the university to a standstill.

The Presidency is looking into a seven-week long strike that brought the university to a standstill. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency on Tuesday confirmed it's looking into a seven-week strike which brought the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape to a standstill.

Lecturers and workers at the university are campaigning for an eight to 10 percent salary increase, but employers are offering just over four percent.

Last week the university closed its doors indefinitely.

The Department of Higher Education and Training said the institution was bankrupt.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) Leader Bantu Holomisa and religious leaders met this week to discuss the situation and formed a task team to look into, among other things, the labour dispute.

The Presidency's Mac Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma wants a solution to help the ailing the university.

"We have to try and bring the parties together so a solution can be reached. It is a difficult situation that these people are in."