University of Limpopo suspends classes, orders students off campus

2016-09-28 14:36
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 University of Limpopo has given its students until 17:00 on Wednesday to vacate the premises, after it suspended academic activities indefinitely.

It had decided to close the campus, east of Polokwane, due to protracted, violent student protests, spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba said.

"The decision was taken in the interest of the safety and security of our students, staff and university property."

Earlier, students pelted security guards with stones and blockaded roads to the institution during their protests against tertiary education fees.

On Tuesday evening, students tried to set fire to a student residence, but it was extinguished. Five students were arrested and three injured during the violence.

Mohuba said the university was unable to provide free education and that they would wait for government to make an announcement about the matter.

He said most students agreed with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement last Monday.

Nzimande said universities could decide their own increases, up to a maximum of 8%, and that students from poor families would not have to pay this.

Mohuba said university management had not been able to explain the benefits of Nzimande’s announcement as students had immediately reacted by protesting.

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