Parliament condemns student protests

Johannesburg - An urgent intervention must be made by the higher education ministry to find a long-lasting solution to violent protests by angry students countrywide, the higher education and training portfolio committee said on Thursday.

"Much as we fully understand the students' frustrations, we equally condemn any form of anarchy which tends to undermine the gains of our democracy through the destruction of property," chairperson Yvonne Phosa said in a statement.

"We continue to support access to higher education and training by all, including the rich and poor. However, that must come with responsibility."

There have been reports that students set a car and the main gate alight at the Medunsa campus in Ga-Rankuwa on Thursday, while a women's residence at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban was set alight on the same day.

Fifteen students were treated for smoke inhalation at the Durban campus.

MUT dean of students Thami Mchunu told reporters on the day that a case of arson had been opened with police.

The fire was started shortly after 1am and students and university security personnel extinguished it.

Vice chancellor and principal Prof Mashupye Kgaphola said at the same press conference the damage was estimated to be R90 000.

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proudlysa 2014/07/31 10:30:58 PM
What about starting with a competent Minister of Higher Education (not a commie who lives the high life and defends our corrupt president). Put Jonathan Jansen in the job and you will see results
Richard Nieckau 2014/07/31 10:36:03 PM
There is a thin line between voicing your concerns..and razing the city to the ground.
Jamill Ahmed 2014/07/31 10:49:31 PM
Let them burn all the schools raise the city to the ground perhaps after 50 years start realizing what hey have done was deprive themselves i see little future with the youth today and only a few will make it to the top
Teko Mohaeka 2014/07/31 10:55:38 PM
The students didn't just wake up and act the way they did.They have been voicing their concerns on many occassions and no one answered,now at least some parliamentarian is opening a food filled mouth
Sihle Nyamezela Wethu Motaung 2014/07/31 11:25:27 PM
I don't see any logic for burning the
Bloodstone 2014/07/31 11:42:32 PM
You - the ANC - created this monster, now dance with it. This anarchy and labour union strikes are your spawn. Enjoy you idiots!!
Teko Mohaeka 2014/08/01 12:14:14 AM
I just hope by urgent intervention the minister doesn't mean the killings like Marikana murder,Tatane murder,Diepsloot etc
Warren Hirst 2014/08/01 01:12:45 AM
I can't remember wanting to get violent as student. I can't even remember wanting to start a violent protest. Why violent protests? Why don't they just protest peacefully? Or go on hunger protest.Next time students turn trash bins and break break break things, the uni should NOT clean up their mess and not fix what they broke. So the students can then study in their own filth.
MJ 2014/08/01 01:44:45 AM
There is a more sinister plan in process regarding this spate of protests and violence. Its no coincidence that not long after a certain opportunist visits the miners, and encourages them to fight and be willing to die for R12500, that the miners run amock killing guards and attacking police. Same man visits a (supposedly respectable) University in Limpopo and days later the students storm the administration block, take hostages, and threaten to destroy the campus. It didn't take much effort for him to launch and offensive against the Gauteng Legislative. Now the pupils go wild after he met with Cosas members at his anniversary "braai" this past weekend. They are testing to see just how easy it is to manipulate the masses into mobilising toward participation in mass violence acts. He does not care about the people or this country; his passion is his own personal power and wealth grab, if he has to make use of pawns, so be it. We are heading toward a dangerous and violent revolution with this guy around; he needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later. Hesitate, and it may be too late!
Pete Mears 2014/08/01 02:47:27 AM
pretty soon you will have to find a 'final solution' for all your problems. guess what that is going to be?