University of Limpopo protest damage minimal

2016-10-01 09:09
University of Limpopo students pelt stones at private security as the battle for free education continues in the country. (Supplied)

University of Limpopo students pelt stones at private security as the battle for free education continues in the country. (Supplied)

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Polokwane - The decision to suspend classes at the University of Limpopo earlier this week has helped the institution avert costly destruction of infrastructure, it said on Friday.

The cost of the damage has amounted to less than R100 000, spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba said.

This followed a decision to close the campus on Wednesday when the #FeesMustFall protests on campus turned violent.

Mohuba said only dustbins and some property had suffered damage when student protests reached boiling point.

The university would remain closed for another week and a decision would be made at the end of that week whether activities would resume.

State is the 'enemy'

The protest for free higher education left the university community divided as others, especially those on the verge of finishing their studies, worried over delays caused by the suspension.
EFF student leader at the university Isaac Hlungwani said the burning and destruction of property would not secure a victory for students demands.

He said the EFF student command believed that waging war against the university, its property or taking the fight to management had proved to be a useless exercise.

"We are saying as EFF student command that the enemy is not the university, the enemy is the state, the state owes us free quality education," Hlungwani said.
He said the fee increase announcement made by higher education Minister Blade Nzimande had left universities and management vulnerable.

"We must try to work with them and go against the enemy - [which] is the state - and demand quality education."

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