Ramaphosa condemns disruptions at higher education convention

The two-day forum was brought to a halt last week, with students throwing chairs and water bottles at each other.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CENTURION - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his address at the national skills conference in Centurion to condemn the recent disruptions that unfolded at the higher education convention.

The two-day forum was brought to a halt last week, with students throwing chairs and water bottles at each other.

Retired deputy judge Dikgang Moseneke chaired the convention, which was aimed at finding a solution to the funding crisis in higher education.

Ramaphosa said: “It is unacceptable for that kind of unruly behaviour when we’re trying to find solutions and craft ways of charting a way forward for the future of our students.”

He says South Africans must learn to tolerate and to listen to other people’s views without being violent.

“We cannot have a South Africa of unruly people, who because they are unhappy with this person or that person, they start behaving in a most unacceptable manner.”

The deputy president says the only way problems facing the country can be resolved is through consensus.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)