WSU Mthatha campus re-opening on Tuesday after violent disruptions

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

The Walter Sisulu University  management had no option but to close its Mthatha Campus last week Tuesday following disruptions of university operations by students, the university's spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, said on Monday.

"The students removed staff from their workstations, disrupted registration and even caused damage to university property including looting the kitchen and setting some university vehicles alight. There was even blocking of access into the university premises.

"A Campus Management Committee meeting sat with the Campus SRC in East London on the 17th February 2016 and came up with resolutions that address the concerns of the students," Tukwayo said.

She said that a report back mass meeting by the SRC leadership to the student body took place in Mthatha last Thursday.

"The Mthatha Campus Rector and a member of Mthatha Student Affairs Division met at the Mthatha Campus on 22 February 2016 at 12 noon with members of the Mthatha Campus SRC to discuss the issue of requesting the Vice Chancellor to reopen Mthatha Campus," Tukwayo described.

"The meeting resolved to suspend the strike in Mthatha and further requested the Vice-Chancellor to re-open the Mthatha Campus and invite all staff to report back to work, on the basis of the resolutions reached in East London on the 17th February 2016 and Student Mass Meeting held afterwards in Mthatha on the 18th February 2016."

Shesaid that the university would like to inform the community that the Mthatha Campus is now open "with immediate effect" an normal Campus activities are expected to resume on Tuesday.

"WSU management would like to thank staff and students for their patience as the Mthatha Campus was trying its level best to resolve its issues."

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