Violent student protests which had disrupted studies and seen the destruction of property at some universities were condemned by Cabinet in a statement today.
“These protests deprive deserving students the opportunity to further their studies and impacts upon their right to higher education.”
Government had opened channels of communication with all higher education stakeholders which had resulted.
“This has resulted in the restoration of normality and the promotion of social cohesion in our universities that seeks to find solutions to the medium- to long-term challenges linked to the transformation of the sector,” Cabinet said.
Efforts by law-enforcement agencies were supported to ensure that property and rights of individuals were protected. The rule of law was paramount and should be upheld at all times.
“Normality and calm must return in our universities so that the academic programmes can continue while the medium- to long-term challenges are addressed.”
In addition students who stood united against racism and anti-white “chauvinism” was applauded.
The University of Pretoria has been plagued by violent protests in 2016.