EC's Mabuyane urges WSU students to refrain from violence following protests

The demonstrations descended into chaos this week, forcing the institution to shut down all its four campuses until further notice.

FILE: Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane. Picture: @OscarMabuyane/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has appealed for cool heads after days of student protests at the Walter Sisulu University.

The demonstrations descended into chaos this week, forcing the institution to shut down its four campuses until further notice.

On Monday, four police officers were injured and a police nyala was torched during a protest at the university’s Mthatha campus.

Other incidents were reported in Butterworth and East London.

READ: Premier Mabuyane condemns student protest at Walter Sisulu University

The students wanted issues of funding and financial exclusion to be addressed.

Mabuyane has urged them to refrain from violence.

“Solutions are easily found through talks than in confrontation. The leadership of students and management must sit down and iron out issues so that lessons can resume. COVID-19 impacted studies last year, we must not waste this academic year.”

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