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Active citizens join forces to help end university protests

A group of active citizens have offered assistance to students under the name ‘Access Thuto’.

FILE: Police negotiated with University of the Free State students to disperse after they vandalised a statue of apartheid era leader CR Swart. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of active citizens have joined forces to offer independent mediation and conflict resolution to universities.

Former Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's Neeshan Balton have announced they will be offering help to curb violence at tertiary institutions.

They say student unrest has now reached untenable levels.

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Mokgoro says a crisis needs to be declared and citizens need to act accordingly.

She, along with the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations, will be offering services to universities to help understand students' issues and stop the ongoing violence.

She says the first step is to neutralise the conflict.

"We need to provide a degree of independent support. We need to find a solution because if a university burns to the ground, we are all the losers."

Assistance will be offered under the name Access Thuto, meaning access education.

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