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Arch Thabo Makgoba calls on society to protect non-protesting students

Makgoba has shared his thoughts in a statement about the ongoing unrest at tertiary institutions and schools.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says society must protect non-protesting students' rights to peacefully continue with their academic programme.

Makgoba has shared his thoughts in a statement about the ongoing unrest at tertiary institutions and schools across the country.

In a statement, Archbishop Makgoba, who's the chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, says the burning of schools, libraries, and institutions of higher learning has set the nation back.

Makgoba says while student'' rights to peaceful protest must be respected, students' right to learn in a conducive and enabling environment also needs to be protected.

He has called for the Fees Commission, the Department of Higher Education and Treasury to be given space to craft a plan for a new funding model for tertiary education for 2017 that will assist the poor and the so-called missing middle.

He says universities, colleges and schools are important heritage sites for communities.

Violence and destructive actions, he adds, could deepen inequality and poverty, and will not bring about the desired solutions.