NWU obtains court order to maintain peace

Durban – The North West University (NWU) has obtained a high court order to prohibit the disruption of activities at its Potchefstroom campus.

The university sent out a notice of the move on Sunday after clashes between authorities and students this past week.

Chaos erupted at the institution's Mahikeng campus on Wednesday when private security guards employed by the university clashed with students. Students set fires during clashes.

The violence broke out shortly after the new Student Representative Council was appointed in the Great Hall.

"As a precautionary measure, the NWU obtained a final court order from the high court today that prohibits the disruption [of] and interference [with] the activities on the Potchefstroom campus. The court order serves as a notice to all students and staff," the statement said.

"Through the court order SAPS is empowered to fully assist NWU in execution of the order. Campus management has already engaged in talks with the commanders of the allocated SAPS units and the cooperation is excellent. We are thus thankful to report that the campus, despite Friday's events remains peaceful."

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