DA calls on higher education dept to resolve issues at universities

The party has welcomed Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana’s visit to Mahikeng but she says it’s not enough.

FILE: Buildings were set a light at the North West University in Mahikeng. Picture: @PaidaSaurombe via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for the Department of Higher Education to do more to resolve the situation at universities across the country which have seen flare ups of violent protests.

Buildings have been set alight at the North West University allegedly by protesting students.

There've also been protests at the University of the Free State where some students have been arrested for public violence.

DA Member of Parliament Belinda Bozzoli has welcomed Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana's visit to Mahikeng but she says it's not enough.

"His visit was clearly a good thing, I'm sure it was helpful and I don't want to knock any attempts the ministry makes. But I just don't think this is the kind of reassurance that the public needs."

Bozzoli says the public needs more of a reassurance.

"The public is left with absolutely no sense of confidence that we have a government that is on top of things, that is well informed on what is happening and what vice chancellors are doing on their various campuses."

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