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UJ management, students play blame game

Lecturers and students are calling on management to find peaceful ways of addressing differences of opinion.

FILE: University of Johannesburg students raise their hands in front of a riot police line while blocking a motorway during clashes outside the University of Johannesburg Campus. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Both management and students at University of Johannesburg say they're ready to sit down to have discussions regarding fees at the institution and are pointing fingers at each other to justify why no such meeting has yet taken place.

Yesterday, the Progressive Staff and Academics Forum held a briefing in Johannesburg to address alleged acts of brutality against protesting students at multiple UJ campuses.

Lecturers and students are calling on management to find peaceful ways of addressing differences of opinion.

UJ SRC President Onwabile Lubhelwana says that all students want is a discussion with management regarding their concerns.

"Rather than initiating a platform for dialogue, the university uses repressive ways."

But UJ spokesperson Kaamini Reddy says an invitation has been extended to student leaders who have failed to respond.

"The other point is that no specific demands were made by students."

Student leaders say the only communication they have received from management has been in the form of intimidation.

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