Gauteng student leaders a no-show at SACC meeting

2016-01-19 14:00
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Johannesburg – Gauteng university student leaders were noticeably absent from a meeting with the South African Council of Churches (SACC) in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The SACC was meeting several Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders in Randburg in an effort to find solutions to the ongoing #FeesMustFall student protests.

Those present were from Stellenbosch University, Central University, Limpopo University, North West University, and Walter Sisulu University. 

The SACC’s Cynthia Tshaka said the absent students had told them they had pressing matters to attend to. She said some of the student leaders were trying to co-ordinate registration at their institutions. 

The SRCs at Wits University and the University of Johannesburg could not immediately be reached for comment.

During the meeting, SACC acting general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said he could not understand how shutting down universities would help the cause for free education.

"We need you to help us to understand how a total shut down will help families. We are here to listen and to understand," he said.

Mpumlwana said they would meet vice chancellors in a bid to find solutions for students.

Several Gauteng universities suspended registration after students disrupted the process last week. Students demanded free registration for all academically qualified students.

In October, students led protests across the country in response to increases in tuition fees for 2016.

Protests started at Wits University and spread to the other institutions nationwide. President Jacob Zuma eventually announced there would be no fee increases in 2016.

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