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Talks resume at WSU

Talks to end the Walter Sisulu University’s financial crisis are at an advanced stage.

The Walter Sisulu University management has told striking workers to return to work, or face legal action. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Higher Education and Training said on Thursday talks to end the Walter Sisulu University's financial crisis are at an advanced stage.

The institution in the Eastern Cape was forced to close its doors recently, leaving at least 21,000 students high and dry.

Staff at the university are also embroiled in a pay dispute.

The department's Kefilwe Makhanya said talks aimed at finding a solution to the university's woes will resume on Friday.

Makhanya added students may be back in class as early next week.

"We want to emphasise that all efforts are being made by management to make sure that the academic year is not lost altogether and that students will be recalled as soon as possible."

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.