National 15.8.2016 10:11 pm

Sasco calls for UJ shutdown in solidarity with ‘arsonists’

UJ main campus. Picture: Twitter

UJ main campus. Picture: Twitter

The SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) called for a shutdown at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday night. 

This after the university suspended members of the students’ representative council (SRC) who were implicated in an arson case.

“The RTT of Sasco Joburg is calling for a shutdown at the University of Johannesburg following the unfounded and baseless suspensions of our comrades in the SRC who are alleged to be arsonists after they refused to sit in any fee increament meeting before the commission of the President of the country has reported back to the society,” the student movement’s regional coordinator, Musawenkosi Ngobese, said in a statement.

The congress called on UJ branches to implement the call for a shutdown and on its Johannesburg branches to help embark on a strike against the suspension of its SRC members.

“We urge all UJ branches and SRC deployees of this gallant organisation to implement the call made and shut down UJ, We further request all Sasco Joburg branches to avail themselves and assist us, as we will be embarking on this journey at UJ.”

Student leaders throughout the country to threatened to bring the country’s higher institutions of learning to a complete halt should government decide to increase fees. The collective of student leaders are calling for free access to tertiary education.

Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande said a decision on university fee increase for 2017 would be announced before the end of the month. Nzimande said he had not taken any decision yet with regard to fee increments.

Vice-chancellors, in turn, such as Wits’ Adam Habib, have made it clear that they need additional funding for next year of about 8%. They say that the money does not have to come from fees, but additional sources of funding must be found or the quality of higher education will be at risk.

 

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