Students block university entrance

2010-03-04 08:33
Johannesburg - A group of students were barricading entrances to the University of Johannesburg with stones and burning goods on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said.

"There is a group of students that barricaded the entrances at the back of the university," said Captain Julia Claassen.

"They blockaded it with stones and they also burnt stuff. They are toyi-toying now in front of the university and preventing people from entering.

"The police are monitoring the situation," said Claassen.

Protest to demand free education

The SA Students Congress (Sasco) vowed on Wednesday to close down nine universities countrywide in protest action to demand free education.

Sasco secretary general Lazola Ndamase said the University of Venda, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Walter Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula University for Technology and the University of Western Cape would be shut down on Thursday.

The TUT subsequently issued a statement to say that it would not be closed on Thursday.

Sasco is planning to stage a march to Parliament in Cape Town on Friday.

Students said they were unhappy because President Jacob Zuma paid little attention to education in his State of the Nation address.

Ndamase said Sasco wanted to put pressure on the government as more than 135 000 students were not at tertiary institutions because of financial constraints.

Ndamase said they were expecting the government to outline how it would introduce free education for undergraduate students next year.

- SAPA
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