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WSU debacle looms

The six-week long strike by WSU lecturers looks set to continue.

The fate of at least 21,000 Walter Sisulu University students hangs in limbo as the six-week long strike by lecturers looks set to continue. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za.

CAPE TOWN - The education of at least 21,000 Walter Sisulu University students hangs in limbo as the six-week long strike by lecturers looks set to continue.

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

Earlier this week the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) declared the strike over.

But the university's Angela Church has told Eyewitness News the institution has not yet signed the agreement.

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.

Nehawu's Sizwe Pamla warned, "If they want to resuscitate the strike the workers will respond."

His reaction comes in response to the university opting to go back to the negotiating table after a five percent pay hike agreement was reached on Friday.

The financially strained university would not comment, saying only that talks were continuing to resolve the situation.

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

He is expected to work with all stakeholders to ensure issues are resolved.