Campus closed after protest

2013-02-12 21:38

Johannesburg - The University of Fort Hare, in the Eastern Cape, temporarily closed its Alice campus on Tuesday after violent protests about increased residence fees.

"All the students are required to vacate the premises of the university by no later than 17:00 on 12 February," university Vice Chancellor Mvuyo Tom said in a statement.

He said the continuing violent demonstrations, which were accompanied by the intimidation of staff and the destruction of property, had resulted in the closure of the campus until next Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Dispatch Online reported that students burnt tyres and blocked the university's entrance, preventing senior management from entering.

This happened despite a court order issued by the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho preventing the students from protesting.

The DA Student Organisation (Daso) said the increase in residence fees was unacceptable as most students were from poor families.

"Daso also objects to the shocking living conditions of the students," said MP Atholl Trollip in a statement.

"Four students cannot be expected to share a room, which has been originally created for two students."

He said a petition would be circulated to urge Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to intervene.

"We call on the minister to urgently intervene, as this disruption in education and inhumane living conditions cannot be allowed to prevail," said Trollip.

  • Alan - 2013-02-12 21:45

    This country has officially descended into complete chaos.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 21:47

      Please pray for the victims of the fire. These were sole breadwinners

      yaya188 - 2013-02-13 08:25

      Yeah, it starts at the top. Anyway, it illustrates the stupidity of the students, dont they ask how much first? All fees go up every year. That is business. tsei!!!!

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-02-12 21:53

    Thats my province for you. The only proffessional run institutions are in WC, gauteng Wits and in Bloemfontein in the country, thats my observation. The rest like toy toying each year.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-13 06:10

      Send the lot of them packing! They are obviously lot serios about their studies, come exam time they will be rioting and running amok once again!!!!

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-02-12 22:04

    But yes, we want to be professionals someday...

      bibi.vanzyl - 2013-02-13 08:06

      A scary thought indeed... Unions whose members have more criminal intent than good seem to run every institution these days. I worked 2 jobs to put myself through varsity and had very little time for recreational activities of any sort, never mind vandalism. I did not get a 2nd chance.

  • jannie.visagie.35 - 2013-02-12 22:59

    Africa of Africa. I want to live in a 1st world with 3rd world responsibilities.

  • willie.olivier.144 - 2013-02-12 23:19

    This university is suffocating in its own liberal puke! Ha Ha!

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-02-13 05:40

    This is what happens when Eskom put up their tariffs , municipalities put up their rates , to pay people a decent wage everybody has to pay more , basic economics

  • Sinatra Kobe - 2013-02-13 07:06

    im a recent previous student, i know the issues. i was there when the allegations began!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2013-02-13 08:14

    Nobody can run an important department like this properly when you actively have two jobs. And you need the right qualifications.

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