Medunsa re-opens campus, ending strike

Johannesburg - Students at Medunsa would return to campus and resume classes next week.

University management and student representatives reached an agreement on Thursday, to open the Ga-Rankuwa campus, north of Pretoria, for students, university spokesman Kgalema Mohuba said.

"We expect that everything will return to normal by Monday... Police are still investigating the incidents and going through the CCTV footage," Mohuba said.

Both parties apparently reached an agreement late on Thursday afternoon before appearing in court.

Mohuba said a settlement was reached when the SRC agreed to certain conditions.

"The president of the SRC agreed to write and distribute a communiqu indicating that students would cease protests, stop vandalising the school's property and stop harassing our staff members."

Earlier in the day, the SA Medical Association called for an end to the ongoing strike.

The university was closed on Wednesday with management ordering students to vacate the premises. Students had been on strike for about two weeks demanding the removal of certain lecturers alleged to be failing students.

The students were also believed to be unhappy about renaming the campus Sefako Makgatho.

Management said the decision to close the campus was informed by the stubborn behaviour of both the Students Representative Council (SRC) and the student community.

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John Buang 2014-08-08 05:39:20 AM
Why rename the campus?
Shawn Berry 2014-08-08 05:59:04 AM
Seems like I will have to start saving up for medical treatment in China soon ala Mad Bob. No way in hell will I allow these criminals to operate on me.
Ken Pauls 2014-08-08 06:01:36 AM
Warren Wepener 2014-08-08 06:09:55 AM
Don't want to be ever treated by a so called doctor from Medunsa they will also end up burning the hospital stupid
Van Der Schyff Michael 2014-08-08 06:23:50 AM
O my dear, I saw them on tv. One demanding his degree. Please God save South African people from these so called medical students. I hope those who mark the exams do so honestly even if most students fail in the end because to send an under qualified so called doctor into society is like hiring a hit man who would obviously cause many deaths in his so called career.
Khuliso Mutsha 2014-08-08 06:35:50 AM
I don't want to support action by students, but why should everything be renamed, what's wrong with Medical University of South Africa, that's not an apartheid name.
Khuliso Mutsha 2014-08-08 06:46:34 AM
There was lack of consultation in that situation,are there plans to change the name of the country also? It looks that way, I don't see any logical explanation to change MEDUNSA.
John Stoltz 2014-08-08 07:16:23 AM
Action against vandalism and disruption should be targeted at the leadership of the vigilantes. Most level headed students wants to learn! It is only the imbecilic, lazy and spoiled brats that want to use Varsity as a good "jol" time in their lives, and then later obtain their degrees/diplomas via crooked means!!
Mfanafuty Sqiniseko Zulu 2014-08-08 07:26:26 AM
Plc maSouth Africans do n't vandarise our properties,it not yours,it belong to all South African,not to members of execative or government,this practice of vanderising is not good
Gosebo Taletso Mampuru 2014-08-08 07:38:54 AM
The students are on point, they have a right to boycott classes,if ther not happy with how the university is run, we take note that in any revolution there will be cautualties. Management must not threaten student with victimisation. This is democratic state. Its clear that these SA medical As... Don't understand legal terms and english, because students do not strike but they boycott classes, only workers strike.