UFH boy­cott will end ‘if de­mands are met’

Daily Dispatch - - News - By SINO MAJANGAZA

UNIVER­SITY of Fort Hare stu­dents re­solved to end their class boy­cott on con­di­tion that vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Sakhela Buh­lungu com­mits in writ­ing to meet all their de­mands.

This de­ci­sion was taken at a mass meet­ing at the univer­sity’s East Lon­don cam­pus held yes­ter­day.

Stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil premier Kwanele Ntan­tala said stu­dents had drafted a list of de­mands and made it clear they would only re­turn to class if re­sponded to pos­i­tively.

He said one of the is­sues was proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions stu­dents lev­elled against nurs­ing sciences act­ing head Ntombana Rala.

“Stu­dents made it clear that dur­ing the pe­riod of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the lec­turer in ques­tion must not be on cam­pus. They said she is the act­ing head and might in­ter­fere with in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said. Other de­mands in­cluded: ● Al­low­ing con­cur­rent regis­tra­tion; ● Rereg­is­tra­tion of all nurs­ing stu­dents; and

● Al­low­ing nurs­ing stu­dents back to classes

“An­other is­sue stu­dents re­jected was the sign­ing of un­der­tak­ings by nurs­ing stu­dents that they will not take part in any fur­ther protest on cam­pus,” he said.

Aca­demic pro­grammes on the cam­pus were dis­rupted at the be­gin­ning of this month when nurs­ing science stu­dents de­manded the re­moval of Rala.

Stu­dent lead­ers Nt­sikelelo Mac­ing­wane, Ongezwa Man­gati and Yonela Gxothiwe were sus­pended af­ter they were ac­cused of caus­ing dam­age to with­out bring­ing their par­ents. univer­sity prop­erty and im­proper con­duct on univer­sity premises.

They were in­structed to va­cate the univer­sity res­i­dence un­til ap­pear­ing be­fore the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

The de­part­ment was then closed and stu­dents or­dered to bring their par­ents or guardian.

Three other stu­dents who were sus­pended for tak­ing part in the anti-Rala ac­tions re­ceived sus­pended sen­tences yes­ter­day.

Univer­sity spokesman Khotso Moabi was not avail­able at the time of writ­ing. —

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