South Africa 30.3.2016 08:22 am

NWU Mafikeng opens a month after closure

Parts of torched building at the North West University (NWU) Mafikeng campus. Picture: Steven Tau

Parts of torched building at the North West University (NWU) Mafikeng campus. Picture: Steven Tau

“We hope there won’t be any disruptions so that we can complete our academic work”.

Academic activities at the North West University (NWU) Mafikeng campus resumed on Tuesday with no violent incidents reported.

The Citizen news team visited the campus which was closed for almost a month following violent student protests.

Students have been demanding that the university management reverse its decision which saw the Student Representative Council (SRC) dissolved.

During the violent protest, an administration building and a science centre were also torched.
The damage to property amounts to R150 million.

Speaking to The Citizen on Tuesday morning, university spokesperson, Koos Degenaar said they were happy that the first day of the reopening went smoothly.

“We hope there won’t be any disruptions so that we can complete our academic work from the first semester,” he said.

Last week, the dissolved SRC said they were expecting to meet with management sometime this week, but according to Degenaar, the only people they will be having continuous talks with, are the current student leaders.

“We have not been approached by members from the dissolved SRC,” Duvenhage said.
Meanwhile Tuesday’s reopening, also meant that the campus in question commenced their second semester a week earlier than other campus, as this forms part of the catch-up programme, which will also see teaching and learning taking place on Saturdays.

Security also remained heightened as everyone trying to gain access to the campus, was being stopped at the main entrance and asked to produce proof of identity.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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