Central South African universities set to re-open


The situation at Central South Africa’s universities are calm at this stage.  The University of the Free State (UFS), the Central University of Technology (CUT), North West University (NWU) and  Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley  and CUT are all opening its doors again today, after it closed down due to student protests.

The situation at the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein campus is calm. All entry gates are open. At the CUT in the city no protests have been reported.

Management of CUT says they are committed to working closely with student leaders and other stake holders in finding lasting solutions to the #FeesMustFall campaign. CUT spokesperson, Dan Maritz, says the CUT’s Bloemfontein and Welkom campuses are expected to resume with the last term of the year today. According to Maritz there were no disruptions reported at the Bloemfontein campus last night. Maritz says a meeting between all stake holders are planned today.

Management and student leaders will engage around the #FeesMustFall campaign that is taking its effect on the whole country, says Maritz. Meanwhile extra security has been deployed at the main entrance of the campus.

The situation at all three of the NWU’s campuses has been calm through out the night prior to the re-opening of the NWU today. University spokesperson, Louis Jacobs, says contingency plans are however in place at the NWU’s Mafikeng, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle campuses. He says management are positive that the academic program will resume today after a recess. – Christal-Lize Muller