Sama calls for an end to Medunsa strike

Johannesburg - The SA Medical Association (Sama) on Thursday called for an end to the ongoing strike at Medunsa in Limpopo.

"Sama calls upon all stakeholders involved in the Medunsa impasse to work together towards an immediate long-lasting solution to the current strike," Sama president Phophi Ramathuba said in a statement.

"We call upon government to guide, management to manage, and the student community to commit towards a just and visionary course for their own future and the future of this rainbow nation."

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 the renaming of the campus to 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.

The university management would take full responsibility for SRC affairs.

Ramathuba said the country prided itself at being a miracle nation, where negotiations remained the best and only way to resolve conflicts.

She called on all stakeholders to put aside their differences and desist from milking the situation to settle personal scores and grudges.

"All involved have to understand that what was at stake here is beyond their individual and group interest, this is a matter of national importance. The shortage of health professionals is a national problem that adversely affects delivery of health services," she said.

The current situation was not a winner takes all contest but conceded that the university itself should be the ultimate winner with both management and students continuing their respectable duties.

"The management should provide visionary leadership, academics should research and teach, and students should study and contribute towards building a winning nation," said Ramathuba.

Wally Cleaver 2014/08/07 03:04:20 PM
Medunsa campus is not in Limpopo, it's located in Ga-Rankuwa, 37km north of Pretoria, Gauteng Province!
Yvonne Pietersen 2014/08/07 03:25:53 PM
I will never let a Medunsa Doctor touch me, not even for a cold. Where is their respect.
Seshike Samuel Mmoledi 2014/08/07 03:33:27 PM
Hopefully our higher education minister is causing chaos in higher education,MEDUNSA is our university and nothing else it is our identity as Gauteng citizens.Naming Medunsa a Limpopo university in Gauteng province was a curse,that means according to that Medunsa was a university within a university,students are right to strike ruling party is destroying this country bit by bit.It is right to honour our freedom fighters but in that way whereby even identity of communities are destroyed.Let MEDUNSA be it as we as South Africans we are proud of it as our country's medical university.
Marc Anthony Webb 2014/08/07 03:41:20 PM
The mentality if we can call it mentality...This can only be in Africa students striking for removal of lecturers!!! Students had been on strike for about two weeks demanding the removal of certain lecturers alleged to be failing students.
Richard Young 2014/08/07 03:47:30 PM
Striking is a national pastime. They won't stop
Erna Westdyk 2014/08/07 03:52:00 PM
These students don't deserve the title of 'doctor' in front of their names, should they ever qualify. In my day the title doctor, reverand, pastor, professor, etc commanded respect.
Warren Wepener 2014/08/07 06:40:37 PM
Stupid and ridiculous students demanding their life away if you can't pass try and do better but don't demand it's a sign of stupidity
Wayne Davies931 2014/08/07 07:51:45 PM
Only in South Africa do we expel or fire Teachers and Lecturers when students fail. University degrees are not a right, they are a privilege rewarded to those who work hard through discipline and diligence. Our idiot pool keeps growing.