Blocked stu­dents send mo­ti­va­tions

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BRENDA MASILELA

MORE than 20 stu­dents who were part of the #FeesMustFall protests at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria have sub­mit­ted let­ters ex­plain­ing why they should be al­lowed to reg­is­ter for the 2017 aca­demic year.

The univer­sity had blocked cer­tain #FeesMustFall ac­tivists, who face crim­i­nal charges, from reg­is­ter­ing for the 2017 aca­demic year un­less they pro­vided let­ters mo­ti­vat­ing why they should be ac­cepted back at the in­sti­tu­tion. The univer­sity also wanted writ­ten as­sur­ance that the stu­dents would not dis­rupt the in­sti­tu­tion this year.

Sev­eral stu­dents from the univer­sity were ar­rested dur­ing last year’s fees protests, on charges rang­ing from in­cit­ing pub­lic vi­o­lence to de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

Univer­sity spokesper­son Candice Jooste said the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents who sub­mit­ted the let­ters had al­ready been un­blocked and al­lowed to reg­is­ter.

“More than 20 stu­dents ei­ther made sub­mis­sions to the univer­sity or per­son­ally en­gaged with the univer­sity man­age­ment. This is not a puni­tive process, and the univer­sity will con­tinue to ac­cept sub­mis­sions and en­gage with stu­dents,” she said.

The dead­line for the re­sponse from stu­dents was yes­ter­day. Jooste said there were no dis­rup­tions, even after the ini­tial dead­line.

South African Union of Stu­dents gen­eral sec­re­tary Sthem­biso Ndlovu said the union would shut down the univer­sity only if the im­pli­cated stu­dents are not al­lowed to reg­is­ter.

“We are wait­ing up un­til the reg­is­tra­tion closes. If those stu­dents will not be reg­is­tered, we will def­i­nitely shut down the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.” – ANA

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