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Weekend agreement ends violence at Walter Sisulu University

Feb 13, 2017
Weekend agreement ends violence at Walter Sisulu University

It was business as usual at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Nelson Mandela Drive (NMD) campus on Monday, after a meeting over the weekend between management and students ended in an agreement on several issues that prevented the full functioning of the university for most of the past week.

The university said that all staff and students were asked to report to work early this morning Monday 13 February 2017.

The past two weeks have seen registration of students on this delivery site disrupted by student protests led by the Mthatha Campus Student Representative Council (SRC), with the support of student political formations.

As a result of this all academic activity at the NMD campus, were severely compromised.

Numerous interventions were made prior to the closure of the campus were done ranging from meetings with security, management and political formations to prevent further disruptions.

After two weeks of disruption, it dawned on students to meet with university management and negotiate some arrangement in order to continue with academic programmes.

“Presently, I am unable to table the agreement between students and management as some of these issues are house rules, and may have to be communicated first throughout the university campuses by SRC, to try and reach some amicable way to continue in all campuses with business,’’ said Tukwayo.

“We are happy that the institution has resumed normal operation at NMD campus.’’

The university said that the terms of the agreement entered between students and management have been recorded and will be communicated across all campuses for stability and progress.