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Unisa: We'll manage the queues properly and avoid a stampede

On Monday, there were major disruptions when the gates to the campus were closed and staff were told to go home while impatient students jumped the locked gates.

Police monitor the situation at the Unisa Sunnyside campus in Pretoria following chaos that broke out on 15 January 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The University of South Africa (Unisa) says it expects the registration of students to run smoothly at the Sunnyside campus on Tuesday morning, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the South African Students Congress (Sasco) give management time to study their list of demands.

Both groups are demanding that the registration fee be scrapped and students outstanding debt be written off.

On Monday, there were major disruptions when the gates to the campus were closed and staff were told to go home while impatient students jumped the locked gates.

Unisa's Martin Ramotshela says they have measures in place to ensure students register in an orderly manner today.

“We’ll try and avoid any form of stampede, we’ll manage the queues properly. As we speak now, there are people already quieting outside our campus in Sunnyside and as soon as the gates open and staff is in, we’ll manage the queues properly and we’ll avoid any form of stampede.”

WATCH: Unisa Sunnyside closes its doors after registration chaos

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