The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched a petition to demand that universities are reopened following the shutdown of various institutions across the country.
DA shadow minister of higher education and training Belinda Bozzoli said the petition was for those students who want their right to education to be respected.
“We cannot allow this to continue any longer. We urge the vast majority of students, parents, members of civil society, trade unions, professional societies, employers, government officials and concerned South Africans to join our call and make their desire to reopen our campuses heard loud and clear.”
But national EFF Student Command (EFFSC) leader Mpho Morolane said it would not succeed, adding: “As student organisations, we are united on this one.”
Yesterday, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students and the national EFFSC forced students out of technical and vocational education and training and private colleges across the Pretoria CBD. TUT shut all campuses after entrances were barricaded by burning tyres.
Thousands of students marched to Unisa campuses to initiate a shutdown and the University of Pretoria cancelled its reopening, scheduled for yesterday.