Walter Sisulu University closes one campus during protests
Sino Majangaza | 2017-06-02 15:48:31.0
The Buffalo City campus of Walter Sisulu University has been closed.
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Walter Sisulu University has shut down its Buffalo City campus and advised students to vacate the residences because of ongoing protests and intimidation.
In a letter addressed to students and staff‚ vice-chancellor Rob Midgley wrote: “Student protest action and intimidation of staff has resulted in the continued disruption of normal administrative activity on the Buffalo City campus‚ despite my request that they return to class.
“After consultation with the campus management committee‚ I have no option but to order that the Buffalo City Campus should be closed with immediate effect until further notice.”
He said because of the ongoing protest‚ the university could not guarantee safety of the students.
“I am advising students that they should vacate residences until such time as matters return to normal. The university cannot be held responsible or liable for any student who remains at this campus for the period of its closure‚” he said.
Student leader Zolile Zamisa said the move has angered the students.
“This has left students more angered because the people who are suppose to listen to their grievances and provide solutions are running away with answers. Closing the campus is not a measure of resolving the current crises instead it aggravates the entire situation‚” he said.
Zamisa said political structures would set up a meeting with stakeholders‚ “today for other avenues that will aid the issues eating students at heart”‚ he said.
He added that students would not vacate the residences.