Sasco to continue university fee fight on go-slow basis

2015-10-27 11:42
UKZN students protesting on the Westville campus. (The Daily Vox, Twitter)

UKZN students protesting on the Westville campus. (The Daily Vox, Twitter)

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Pietermaritzburg - The SA Students Congress will continue to fight for free education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but only on a go-slow basis, provincial secretary Phinda Mofokeng said.

Last week the students’ movement called for a national shutdown at universities in solidarity with fee increment protests under the banner Fees Must Fall.

On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced the 0% fee increment for next year, however Mofokeng said the students had not yet achieved their ultimate goal.

“We are calling for a go-slow on the national shutdown. We are very committed to the resumption of the academic programme and ensuring that students are given time to prepare and write their examinations.

“In the mornings we will go to the lecture rooms and write our exams. We will only embark on protest action in the evening,” he said.

Mofokeng blamed a “misunderstanding” that led to disruptions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus on Monday.

“From [today] there will be no disruptions,” he said.

Student representative council member Nesh Khumalo had told News24 “the students believed that their demands were not fully met”.

On Monday morning students appeared to be in the dark with regards to the “way forward”.

Several of them took to social networks and asked the SRC to tell them what the “way forward” was.

UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the university will no longer be moving the current semester back to recover lost time.

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