Cabinet condemns university violence

2016-03-03 15:34
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Normality and calm must return to universities, Cabinet said on Thursday.

Ministers condemned the violent protests which had disrupted studies at some universities, spokesperson Phumla Williams said following Cabinet’s weekly meeting.

Violence and racial tension had marred the beginning of the academic year at some of the country’s universities, especially the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.

Cabinet said the protests were depriving deserving students of the opportunity to study. The rule of law was paramount and should be upheld at all times.

“Cabinet applauded the students who stood united against racism and anti-white chauvinism, which serves as an example that we can all work together to build on the progress and gains made in the tertiary education sector in preparation for this academic year.

“We must protect that progress and allow order to be restored and preserved at all our universities."

Cabinet called on South Africans to register on Saturday and Sunday for this year’s local government elections.

It welcomed the UN's appointment of President Jacob Zuma to co-chair a commission on health employment and economic growth with French President Francois Hollande.

Cabinet approved the submission of the National Land Transport Amendment Bill 2015 to Parliament. It provided guidance on non-motorised transport, e-hailing transport services like Uber, and branding of public transport.

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