Students banned from FET campuses

2013-08-16 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU FET College students who led a protest action at the institution over the past few weeks have been banned from its campuses.

About nine members of the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) student leaders at the college face disciplinary action and have been suspended from entering any campus of the institution.

Prince Nkomo (chairperson of the Msunduzi branch), Lungisani Ngubo (Sasco deputy secretary), Gazuzu Nduli (Sasco chairperson in uMgungundlovu), Nompilo Njilo (SRC secretary), Wonder Makhaye (SRC deputy chairperson), Bongani Jili (Sasco Msunduzi secretary), Gcina Mbesa (Sasco treasury), Gift Zungu (Sasco chairperson of Msunduzi branch) and Mlungisi Ngema (deputy chairperson of uMgungundlovu region) have been suspended.

The institution suspended them after alleging that some of them had used vulgar and abusive language, and threatened and intimidated the campus manager at the Msunduzi campus.

It is also alleged that they threatened the lives of staff and engaged in illegal gatherings on the Msunduzi and Plessislaer campuses without authority from management.

They also harassed and intimidated other students not involved in the illegal protest action, and incited violence among other students in the protest action.

The letter from the college’s lawyer Larry Seethal said this was a disciplinary suspension to allow for the allegations to be more fully investigated.

They are all suspended from entering any uMgungundlovu FET campuses and may not attend lectures at any of the campuses. They are also not allowed to enter the Plessislaer residence.

The suspensions will remain in force until the conclusion of the disciplinary hearing.

Seethal said should the investigation find there is no or insufficient evidence in respect of the allegations set out, the disciplinary will be lifted and no hearing will be held.

Ngema, the deputy chairperson of the uMgungundlovu region, told The Witness that they are now living with friends after they were chased out of the residence.

“Some of our friends are also not allowed into the residence because they fear they will let us into the campus.”

Acting principal Casper de Koker was not available for comment.

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