Calls for govt to ‘show sense of urgency’ amid crises at universities

Two groups are calling for the support of the private sector as well as effective political leadership.

FILE: Rolling battles rolled over into Braamfontein where police and students clashed on Monday.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) and an independent organisation comprising concerned parents are calling on government to show a sense of urgency when dealing with crises at universities.

The SACC and the Higher Education Parents Dialogue made presentations to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande earlier today.

They appeared before a Parliamentary portfolio committee

The Higher Education Parents Dialogue has warned Parliament unless the state takes clear action with regards to protests and delays on campuses, various spheres of government will be undermined.

"The view in some circles, we were told straight to our faces, that you are busy protesting these colonialist institutions. Our view is to let this whole thing collapse."

Representatives of the organisation and clerics were among the stakeholders who appeared before the portfolio committee today.

The group has been working with vice-chancellors, students and government in an attempt to facilitate a peaceful resolution.

It is calling for the support of the private sector as well as effective political leadership.