Student protests force Walter Sisulu University to close its campuses

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An earlier student protest in Johannesburg.
An earlier student protest in Johannesburg.
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Walter Sisulu University (WSU) has shut down its campuses indefinitely following continued student protests. 

In a statement on Tuesday, the university said at least four of its campuses had been disrupted by student protests. 

"Management requests calm and order on all campuses and for students to use the open channels of communication and engage management. WSU condemns the damage caused by some striking students," said the university. 

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The university said student leadership had delivered a memorandum regarding NSFAS allowances, registration and financial exclusion.

At the beginning of the month, when the South African Union of Students (SAUS) announced that the national shutdown over fees had ended, a student representative from WSU, Masixole Mabhongo, said they were still having issues with NSFAS funding and academic transcripts. 

"In our university, we have our own issues. SAUS is not here to support us, and they only support those universities that are top, like Wits and UCT. So, as university students, we do our own work because they have neglected us for a very long time," said Mabhongo.

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