Moving college classes sparks protests in Alexandra

Johannesburg – The moving of certain classes from Alexandra to Ellis Park resulted in early morning protest action by Johannesburg Central College students and local community members, Nehawu said on Monday.

"Our provincial leadership is still going there to assess the situation. From what I gather from our people on the ground, students are [protesting] because the college is moving some courses from Alexandra to Ellis Park," National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union national spokesperson Khaya Xaba said.

Protesters blocked London Road and 13th Avenue earlier in the day after burning tyres, trees and trash, authorities said.

Xaba said the moving of courses to Ellis Park would have dire consequences for students from Alexandra.

"It means they will have to fork out transport money. We are supporting the community in their protest. We support their view. It is a bad economy and now people will have to find more money."

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said the protest had calmed down since the morning.

"The situation is calm. Protesters and management will be meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the protest. There are no reported injuries or damage to property."

The college is a public institution, with campuses around Johannesburg, including Alexandra, Langlaagte, and Parktown. It offers qualifications, including NQF levels two to four, skills courses and learnerships.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Gauteng DA leader Solly Msimanga says the party's voters want it to explore conditional coalition talks with the ANC. 
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
It's a step in the right direction. An ANC-DA coalition would be the most stable option for SA
32% - 3767 votes
The DA should focus on working with all opposition parties, including the EFF, to unseat the ANC
14% - 1684 votes
The DA should rather remain in opposition than form a coalition with the ANC or the EFF
53% - 6194 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.