Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
15 Mar 2021
4:43 am

Student unions threaten to make unis ‘ungovernable’

Reitumetse Makwea

Sasco president Bamanye Matiwane said it was unacceptable that underprivileged deserving students were being deprived of an education.

Wits University students clash with security, 9 March 2021, during a protest as they demand that all academically deserving students must be allowed to register, including those with historical debt. Picture: Michel Bega

The South African Students Congress (Sasco) has called for a national shutdown of all institutions of higher learning from today. Sasco said it will shut down institutions until several of its demands are met and make tertiary institutions ungovernable if students who can’t pay for registration fees are turned away. Among those demands were the clearing of historical debts and free registrations. According to Sasco president Bamanye Matiwane, many students haven’t been allowed to register as they were not able to settle their outstanding university bills, with some parents losing their jobs due to the pandemic. Matiwane said it was...