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WSU lecturers ‘unreasonable’

The Walter Sisulu University has been forced to close its doors due to a labour dispute.

The university, which has been riddled with financial problems, has closed due to the labour dispute. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - Lecturers at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in the Eastern Cape are holding the institution hostage, the Department of Higher Education said on Thursday.

The department says the lecturers are already amongst the highest paid in the country.

The university, which has been riddled with financial problems, has closed due to the labour dispute.

Department spokesperson Kefilwe Makhanya says WSU lecturers are unreasonable.

"Money that was meant for other projects within the university was pumped into salaries."

The lecturers are holding out for a minimum increase of eight percent, while the university says it can only afford a 4.25 percent hike.

Crisis talks will resume on Friday to hopefully end the pay dispute which has left at least 21,000 students in the lurch.

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday appointed Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane to attend to the challenges facing the institution.

He will work with all stakeholders to ensure issues are resolved.