Late last week the South African Union of Students (SAUS) released a memorandum for a National Shutdown of all universities in the country, until student demands for financial assistance and accommodation were met by the government.
SAUS has kicked off this week by saying that it will continue their national shutdown campaign, until all their demands are met.
They also had a six-hour meeting with the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor on Saturday, and they remained deadlocked in the negotiations, and that is where the decision to continue with the campaign.
“We will stop the shutdown when we know that no one has been financially excluded from higher institution of learning,” said SAUS secretary-general, Lwandile Mstolo to IOL News.
The Union wants students’ historic debt to be cleared, to have access to better accommodation, and the facilitation of more students at universities among several other demands.
“The Minister had heard the students demands and advised them that some of it including the registration of students with historic debt could be resolved instantly,” added Pandor’s spokesperson, Lunga Ngqengelele.
SAUS president Misheck Mugabe added that they would take Pandor’s decisions to the SRC leaders and discuss a way forward.