Parliament condemns varsity arson

By Drum Digital
20 May 2016

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has condemned the burning down of property at tertiary education institutions.

By Brenda Sekgota 

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has condemned the burning down of property at tertiary education institutions.

Portfolio Committee Chairperson Connie September said her committee will meet the Department of Higher Education and Training next Wednesday (25 May) to discuss the matter in a bid to find solutions.

“These acts of crime are likely to have a negative impact on higher education system,” September said. She added that the committee are very concerned that students are resorting to these acts without first engaging in dialogue. She said they would ensure that the process of dialogue between the students and management was strengthened.

“People shouldn’t replace dialogue with distractions,” September said. “We need to remind the students that our democracy was not acquired through a means of violence. It was built on the process of sitting around the table.”

Last night, students at Fort Hare University set alight a tent where the university’s centenary celebrations were due to take place this weekend. The students had complained that university management was not addressing their demands.

“Our University is celebrating the centenary but we as students are not happy,” says ANC Youth League leader at Fort Hare Banzi Nkitha.

The auditorium at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) was also set alight on Monday morning (16 May), resulting in R100 million worth of damage.

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