UFS QwaQwa campus reopens

Students at the University of the Free State's Qwa Qwa campus. Photo: kovsielife.ufs.ac.za

The SRC and UFS management held a meeting yesterday where certain conditions were agreed upon.

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) QwaQwa campus was reopened on Wednesday after it was shut down last week amid student protests.

The Student Representative Council (SRC’s) Secretary, Nondumiso Langa, said students were expected to be back on campus from about noon after a memorandum of demands was handed over to the university’s management, Bloemfontein Courant reported.

The decision comes after some SRC members held a meeting with the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Jonathan Jansen, on Tuesday in Bloemfontein.

“Students can return to campus from today after 12 o’clock because there are still some repairs that are being done. This is also to allow students to get settled in after the protesting.

Langa said it was agreed during the meeting that no academic activities would take place this week to allow students residing on campus to return and for others to catch up on missed school work.

“It was [also] agreed that the exams will start on 30 May and those exams that would have been written on 23 May, will now be shifted back and be written in the last week of the exams,” Langa added.

The university has since condemned the acts of violence and the disruption of academic activities that came with last week’s protests.

According to UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader, the university’s maintenance team is in the process of repairing damages arising from the recent protests.

“Strict access to the campus and its amenities will be ensured, and students and staff must carry their university access cards with them at all times,” Loader said.

– Caxton News Service

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