Nzimande this week met with vicechancellors and members of student representative councils about a way forward. But students told City Press they did not think the minster had a sense of urgency; they said he seemed clueless about what progress the presidential commission on funding for higher education was making, if any at all.
There has been relatively minimal protest action in the past few months, but some students say in light of disciplinary proceedings, there is a chance that they will return with a vengeance once the second semester gets under way.
The department is in the process of investigating which universities will be lodging insurance claims to cover some of the costs of the damage.
The department has contributed R40.496 million towards repairing damage at five historically disadvantaged universities. • University of Fort Hare – R8 million • Zululand – R4.5 million • Western Cape – R25.858 million • Walter Sisulu – R351.287 • Limpopo – R1.786 million Four universities, including KwaZuluNatal, Limpopo, Tshwane and Western Cape, have thus far lodged claims with insurers estimated at R106.917 million. Insurers have to date paid out R28.227 million.