JOHANNESBURG – The South African Union of Students has called for a national shutdown of all universities just days before they are set to reopen.
This after failed discussions between the union and the Department of Higher Education and Training regarding admission for poor students with debts.
Union NEC member Bongani Mahlangu says after having negotiated and coming to an agreement, the department went behind their back and changed everything.
“The negotiations we’ve been having with the department since last year…have collapsed.
“We have negotiated and agreed on things with the department and then when the department goes and make the final decision on their own, they change everything.”
He says until their demands are met, all institutions will continue this shutdown.