North West University’s SRC dissolved after violent protest

2016-02-20 17:04
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Rustenburg – University management has dissolved North West University's Students Representative Council (SRC), the SABC reported on Saturday.

According to the public broadcaster, the university's Mahikeng Campus was shut down earlier this week due to unrest after enraged students demanded that suspended SRC president, Benz Mabengwane, be reinstated.

Vice chancellor of the University, Professor Dan Kgwadi, said the SRC was delaying progress at the university.

“We have even seen that instead of facilitating organised student activities, they are an obstruction to such activities. They have been an obstruction to the registration process and they are continuing to obstruct student life at the university. Now what made it even worse is that they actively participated in destroying university property,” Kgwadi said.

News24 earlier reported that 14 people were arrested at Wits University for violating a court interdict that the institution had obtained in January when students started registering. Some of the individuals arrested were not students.

The University of Pretoria said on Friday that its Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses would remain closed until it could ensure the safety of its students and staff.  

Vice chancellor, Cheryl de la Rey, said she had decided to shut down activities at both campuses following protests on Thursday over the university's language policy.

On Thursday, a group of University of Cape Town (UCT) students and supporters of the Rhodes Must Fall movement laid charges against vice chancellor Max Price,  saying students were assaulted and intimidated.

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