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Zuma, university bodies to meet over student grievances

Violent protests, transformation & student accommodation are all issues expected to be discussed today.

FILE. Tshwane University of Technology students have listed funding difficulties and poor living conditions at their residences as issues president Jacob Zuma and his government to help address. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Violent protests, transformation and student accommodation are all issues expected to be discussed at a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and university leaders today.

The gathering takes place at the Union Buildings following recent tensions between management and students at various universities across the country.

Institutions like the Vaal University of Technology and the Tshwane University of Technology have seen violent protests over accommodation and campus safety.

The Higher Education Department says it will present its proposed interventions on student housing at today's meeting.

The department's Khaye Nkwanyana says, "How far has the government gone in terms of putting money for infrastructure, especially with regard to students residences?"

The meeting with government was requested by bodies representing universities to discuss heightened tensions on some campuses.

Nkwanyana says the main purpose of the gathering is to give university leaders an opportunity to speak to the president on issues plaguing the higher education sector.