Cops monitoring WSU after violence

2012-02-28 09:15

Mthatha - Twenty students were arrested after violence at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

"Yesterday [Monday] by late afternoon, we arrested 20 students for public violence and damage to property. They will appear in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court today," said Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

The university was closed on Tuesday. Students were expected to return home.

"We will monitor the situation today [Tuesday] and see how it goes," said Fatyela.

About 1 000 students began a protest at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus at about 06:00 on Monday. They blockaded roads with rubbish bins, burnt tyres and threw stones at the police, who fired rubber bullets at them to disperse them.

Fatyela said students were demanding passes, even though they had failed their tests.

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  • Peter - 2012-02-28 09:22


      Sean - 2012-02-28 09:51

      Just ban those that destroy property and strike , for life or just shoot them with live ammo ! There are students that want to learn !!

      PB - 2012-02-28 09:54

      "WE DEMAND" How pathetic.....

      Stephen - 2012-02-28 10:57

      @margie, I see they removed my racist comment, ok here's whats happening, some people just aint up to Uni, but they still want to go, and sit and fail and sit and re-fail for the next 10 years so that they can get a government grant, then after finally scrapeing through, they'll land some government job, where they can sit and do f#$k all for the rest of their lifes.

  • Sean - 2012-02-28 09:31

    Oh well, it's the african way. We can't earn it the right way so we burn, destroy, loot and generally prove to the rest of the world why we have been labelled as we have. I am sure that this will now give you a pass, I mean after all you deserve it as you have now fullfilled the pre-requisites for passing, you have toy toyed.

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-02-28 09:44

      For some unknown reason I can't thumbs up your excellent comment I can't believe the audacity they have to demand a pass how are they going to find jobs later they really need to start thinking none of this makes sense anymore and to think they are the future of the country ouch!!

      Kgolane - 2012-02-28 09:51

      Dude do you really think that 1000 students went to class for the whole year, failed , and then oragnised a protest so that they can all be passed...!!!..if u cant see thru this propaganda then u probably didnt go to varsity...

      rianadk - 2012-02-28 10:11

      @ Kgolane. Would you care to enlighten me? Because I for sure do not understand what "propoganda" you are talking about. And by the way, I went to uni

      Jacqui - 2012-02-28 10:15

      Kgolane probably thinks it's white agents at work here. Oragnised what's that?. Uni talk I suppose.

      Kgolane - 2012-02-28 10:55

      @Jacqui ... whatever uni you went to should have taught u that , before concluding that ppl are protesting wrongfully, u start by analysing the facts... Do you know how many of the 1000 protesters passed or failed : NO , Do you know how many students passed as compared to those that failed : NO , Do u know any of the reasons why so many students are not accepting a fail: NO , Do you u know if an official request for a remark was made by the students before deciding to protest : NO , Have you heard the students greviences and their side of the story : NO ....So how can make conclusions about the situataion without these facts ...? Here's an exam for u Jacqui !

      Gustav - 2012-02-28 11:53

      Kgolane... i dont know what your going on about, but destructive behavior like that cant realy be justified... so whatever their side of the story may be cant be justified by behaving like mini godzillas...just my 2c

  • Bob - 2012-02-28 09:42


  • Gerhard - 2012-02-28 09:44

    "Fatyela said students were demanding passes, even though they had failed their tests." Well, they are used to it from school. That is what our education system has become. With only 30% needed in matric, what do you expect. Demand passes!! The mind boggles!!!!!

  • Juan - 2012-02-28 09:46

    Sick scumbags, the cream of tomorrow's crop

      Peter - 2012-02-28 11:40

      Cream???????????? Rotten sour milk, I would say.

  • Deon - 2012-02-28 09:52

    No wonder we don't have many new leaders coming through the ranks. If you fail, try again or get a job.

  • Keabetswe Prince Mathabathe - 2012-02-28 10:04

    A fail is a fail dey pass their matric with only 30% dat's Y dey end up failin wen dey get 2 Varsity. South Africa is begging 2 produce idiots.

      rianadk - 2012-02-28 10:13

      A fail is a fail. THEY pass their matric with only 30%. THAT'S WHY THEY end up FAILING WHEN THEY get TO varsity...

      Jennifer - 2012-02-28 10:54

      It's interesting that someone who is commenting on an article about uni can't even type out their comment in full and proper form

      San.shaba - 2012-02-28 11:03

      I beg to differ there. Don't forget that the 30% is what our government has allowed. What are we as citizens, concerned citizens doing towards this? Are we really gonna keep on pointing fingers on these young individuals or will we act and claim what rightfully belongs to us? We need an educated nation. It's the government that FAIL these children, its not their fault. I too, if I was told that I need 30% to pass, I wouldn't bother to get more. @rianadk Varsities don't actually admit students that don't meet requirements!

      Peter - 2012-02-28 11:42

      You probably went to the same university.....Great english Kaeby (Prince???????)

  • Kgolane - 2012-02-28 10:12

    An idiot would say: "How can they demand passes although they failed..." An anylst would ask: "How do 1000 poeple fail the same course ?, how many students were there in total doing that subject/course ?, how many passed? Did the students recieve the test back to see the their marks and their errors so that they can be satisfied that they passed...?

      Dave - 2012-02-28 10:50

      I happen to work with someone who attended WSU and it's not necessarily a matter of 1000 people failing. According to her, for example, if in a class of 60 there are 5 who fail, a majority of that class will protest to get the others to pass just because they enjoy a good toyi toyi. There's no "I could pass so why can't you" mindset.

      Anthony - 2012-02-28 10:51

      I think you are correct--- the teaching at this place [to call it a university is a joke ]is way below standard-- the administration is a joke --it is disorganized and broken and should be closed down [much like many organisations in SA run by the ANC, add to this the DEMAND mindset and the LETS BURN AND BREAK MINDSET and you have a perfect example of a third rate african learning institution [please dont call it a university]

      martin.thursby - 2012-02-28 11:03

      How do you know they were all on the same course? Of the thousands of students who attend WSU, a 1000 fails is probably realistic.

      Garth - 2012-02-28 11:45

      @kgolane - What are you defending so vehemently? Are those YOUR random acts of barbarity on view? Why defend destroyers of property? Regardless of their gripe, the destruction of property is wrong. Only an idiot would say that this is acceptable. Your call.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-28 10:12

    How long do you monitor the situation?.

  • roodbol - 2012-02-28 10:28

    Flip, to pass if you failed? How nice! In the past a student would NEVER damage educational property or strike - no wonder the matric pass rate is so 'good', you only need 30% to pass. University and college students cannot pass with a 30+% in matric and do NOT study - I know of a few who sit in the coffee shop or play pool during classes. No discipline. No desire. No vision. They have all the possibilities since 1994, but still apartheid is blamed. When will you take control and responsibility for your own life? Shame on you.

  • Lloyd - 2012-02-28 10:35


  • edan.suricate - 2012-02-28 10:36

    lol these will be malema supporters ofc!

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 10:48

    Shjoo!! why would anyone demand a pass even when s/he has failed? Why did s/he not study hard in the first place if s/he did not want to fail? Let these students be liable for damaged property and if any of them were on scholarships let those scholarships be withdrawn. Rights come with responsibility. And anyone who is not aware of this should not be at university. We tax payers are sick of such madness.

  • Michael - 2012-02-28 10:57

    It is this sense of enlightenment that the anc has nurtured withing SA that will be the downfall of the country. In any other country in the world, the students will accept that they failed, and would try harder the next time. They learn from their leaders however. And it is with this new attitude of "we want everything for free" that comes straight from the top. Thanks anc, the legacy you are creating is one of choas

  • Andrew - 2012-02-28 11:24

    The fact still remains,having seen the footage on TV news, they damaged and trashed the property. This to my mind is not the way to endear them to any sane person.

  • David - 2012-02-28 11:24

    I love the logic when these guys protest. They destroy the only facilities they are lucky enough to have and once the protest is over they are the ones who have to live with the mess they created. Just like the municipal workers...they trash the city and then guess who has to clean it all up!!!

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-02-28 11:59

    They thought they were struggling for equal opportunities, but the real vision was equality of outcome.

  • Brett - 2012-02-28 12:03

    This is the single biggest problem we face currently, the mess in our education system. The collapse in this in this area is already affecting business today & it looks like it is going to get worse....DO NOT continue to drop the standards, for votes!?! I interview people daily, people with degrees & they do not even know the basics!!!

  • Massi - 2012-02-28 12:30

    Am da product of this very same varsity and if u'v bn there u knw that the problem is not only with students but the whole institution is a mes.staff and students are not happy. And the other fact is there not enough resources and the former management failed to deal with merger issues.

      PB - 2012-02-28 14:16

      "Am da product..." mmmmm, yes so it would seem. A bit less partying and more swotting might make the difference between passing and failing, just a thought, use it, don't use it ...... Some little thing that comes to mind on top of all the other pathetic behaviour - how many of these students ever bothered to pay tuition fees? "not enough resources" - The money to be spent on repairing damage that hooligans caused because they are 'so unhappy' has to come from somewhere, and as far as I know, the pot of gold is still firmly hidden away at the end of the rainbow. Massi and a whole'we demand'generation seems not to understand that running anything, be it an university or a sweet shop, takes money. If you want it, PAY FOR IT.

  • Rajesh Sood - 2013-08-28 02:58

    I went to WSU's medical school and we used to have this nonsense every year. Dont judge all of us in the same. boat. Med students dont strike and we were failed if we did not pass the exams. This time around the strikes are because of the staff wanting more pay than admin will allow. In other years it was students fighting because they failed and were not promoted or were refused the chance to write exams when they could not settle the fees. How many poor kids from the Eastern Cape get into UCT, WITS or Stellenbosch ? Their problems come to campus with them.

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