Medunsa: ‘Everything back to normal by Monday’

2014-08-08 08:27

Students at the Medical University of South Africa would return to campus and resume classes next week.

University management and student representatives reached an agreement yesterday to open the Ga-Rankuwa campus, north of Pretoria, university spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba, said.

Students were ordered to vacate the premises on Wednesday after a protest turned violent and a decision was taken to close the institution.

“We expect that everything will return to normal by Monday ... Police are still investigating the incidents [of violence] and going through the CCTV footage,” Mohuba said.

Mohuba said a settlement was reached late yesterday afternoon when the Student Representative Council (SRC) agreed to certain conditions.

“The president of the SRC agreed to write and distribute a communiqué indicating that students would cease protests, stop vandalising the school’s property and stop harassing our staff members.”

Earlier in the day, the South African Medical Association called for an end to the ongoing strike.

Students had been on strike for about two weeks demanding the removal of certain lecturers alleged to be failing students.

The students were also believed to be unhappy about renaming the campus after Sefako Makgatho, who was a journalist, teacher and president of the South African Native National Congress from 1917 to 1924.

Management said the decision to close the campus was informed by the stubborn behaviour of both the SRC and the student community.

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