Tuks VC agrees to initial student demands - as it happened

2015-10-26 16:00

UPDATE: The vice chancellor of the University of Pretoria has agreed to the initial demands of students, and will further negotiate the other demands.

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Some students at the University of Pretoria have expressed anger and disappointment at not being able to study following disruptions by protesting students.

A BCom LLB student, who asked not to be named, has told News24 of a scary encounter with the protesting students.

"I was peacefully sitting in the... law library, preparing with a lot of other students for exams after a long and difficult academic year when I saw a group of... students stopping a bus that was traveling from the Hatfield campus to LC De Villiers and telling students to get off.

"After that we heard them screaming just outside the library. They were trying to get in... some of the law students starting screaming at them to go away so that we can study for exams and tests that we still have to write this week," she said.


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Lectures would continue at UP on Tuesday, both parties agreed. The announcement was greeted with cheering and whistling.

26 Oct 16:43
The University of Pretoria was unable to give any undertaking on behalf of government on 0% fee increases, students were told on Monday. This was Vice Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey's response to the demand for free education, one of 13 demands students handed to management earlier.

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Opposition parties are calling on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to take responsibility for the university funding crisis, and offer practical solutions, when he opens a debate on tertiary sector transformation in Parliament.

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Anna-Retha Bouwer, UP spokesperson: I can't confirm a specific incident but I can confirm that classes were suspended after disruptions. The vice chancellor has been in negotiations with student leaders all day long.

26 Oct 16:13
Classes at UWC have been suspended until further notice after protesters allegedly intimidated non-striking staff and students, UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said on Monday afternoon.

26 Oct 16:13
The petition was started by Saieshan Vandayar, a third year Mechanical Engineering student, Jacaranda News reports.

26 Oct 16:12
About 4 200 Wits students have signed a petition to end the protests so that they can write exams.

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26 Oct 16:03
UP Vice Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and student leaders returned to the Client Service Centre following their meeting. Lots of singing and stomping of feet in the Client Service Centre while students wait to hear what they discussed.

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Jacaranda News has tweeted that Wits students decided to adjourn their meeting and reconvene at 19:00 tonight.

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Five students were injured when the police fired rubber bullets at a protest over tuition fees at the University of Venda on Monday. Student leaders said the police fired rubber bullets, injuring four while a fifth person fainted during the protest on its Thohoyandou campus.

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UWC students at the Life Sciences building say they are waiting for the rector to come out and address them.

26 Oct 15:32
The rights of non-protesting students must be protected, Afriforum Youth has said. While the civil rights group sympathised with students who could not afford fees, the violence that had marred the protests last week could not be condoned, spokesperson Ian Cameron said at the Union Buildings.

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In the North West: Protesting students and police have reportedly clashed twice on Monday off North West University's (NWU) Mahikeng campus. NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs told News24 there were clashes between students and police outside of campus around 07:00, with NWU hearing of further clashes later in the morning.


26 Oct 15:11
Meanwhile at UP: A student representative has told the crowd that students' memorandum of demands is being typed up. VC Cheryl de la Rey and student leaders will then come back and read it out. After that students will decide on their next step.

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26 Oct 14:43

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will not fall. But his image and political standing have been dented by the ongoing student protests, an expert said on Monday.

Political analyst Daniel Silke told News24 that the minister's standing had been weakened, and so had that of the South African Communist Party, of which he is the general secretary.

Silke said although there might be some in the ruling party who had been pleased at Nzimande being embarrassed by the violent student protests that have swept the country, he would not lose his cabinet post - at least not yet.


26 Oct 14:38
And at UWC in Bellville, Cape Town...

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And at Nelson Mandela Metro Uni in the Eastern Cape...

26 Oct 14:16

Several hundred students are in the Client Service Centre at the University of Pretoria, singing and dancing, reports Thomas Hartleb on the scene. They have called for Vice Chanceller Cheryl de la Rey to put her undertakings to students in writing.

De la Rey, a member of the law faculty, and student leaders have been addressing  the crowd from a balcony on the first floor of the centre. De la Rey and the others on the balcony are discussing something among themselves while the singing continues.


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Wits University has just released information about its nine-point plan to resolve the protest. The Senior Executive Team commits to implementing the following measures in order to get the academic programme back on track:

-    There will be no increase in fees for 2016. This means that academic, residence and any other fees will not be increased. The Presidency has agreed to underwrite the cost of this, provided that the University makes some contribution.

-    The University is prepared to address the increase in the upfront fee payment.-    The University recognises that the protests have adversely affected the ability of students to write their examinations. It therefore commits to restructuring the academic programme and examination timetable.

-    The University recognises that outsourcing is an exploitative practice. The University commits to establishing its own internal commission. This is in addition to the President’s commission. The internal commission will be chaired by the Chairperson of Council and will comprise the Chairperson of Finco and representatives from all stakeholders, including students, unions and others. It may also include an independent expert. This commission will investigate the effects of outsourcing services on the University, the cost structures associated with insourcing and possible alternative models.  

-    The University undertakes to find financial resources to support the children of all workers employed in currently outsourced services, provided that these children qualify for admission to the University.

-    There will be no disciplinary processes against students who were involved in legitimate forms of protest.

-    The University commits to drawing up a workers’ charter.

-    The University agrees, in principle, to make every effort to resolve any other outstanding issue that the students may want to address in good faith.Should the students agree to these measures, the University will commit to calling a General Assembly.On the basis of this, the academic programme must resume on Tuesday, 27 October 2015. It is imperative that we do not lose the academic year and jeopardise the future potential careers of our students.


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26 Oct 13:18
Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib has arrived at Senate House (dubbed Solomon Mahlangu House by protesters) to hear students' grievances, says Naledi Shange.

26 Oct 12:53
The Parliament plan has now been rejected and students will now focus on shutting down UCT until outsourcing ends.

26 Oct 12:51
UP VC De la Rey says when people apply they must indicate on their forms that they are working class.

26 Oct 12:51
UP VC Cheryl de la Rey says no interest will be charged on outstanding fees and there will be no registration fee for any working class student. One student asks De la Rey "what is working class"?

26 Oct 12:49
UCT protesters are determined to discuss transformation at Parliament on Tuesday, but refuse to take their concerns to the MPs as they don't want the matter politicised, reports Tammy Petersen.

26 Oct 12:47

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