By Owen Mafukele
Johannesburg- The University of Venda in Thohoyandou, Limpopo was left with no choice but to slam shut their academic doors after the mayhem and chaos had erupted when students took to the streets and clashed with law enforcement officers.
Security guards meant to look after the students’ safety were compelled to retreat under attack from the very students they were meant to serve and protect.
Law and Order Policing came into the fray with their heavy handedness in an attempt to bring stability and diffuse hostilities following the students and University management’s impasse.
Tear gas was shot in residential buildings, and some students were shot with rubber bullets, leaving them with no other option but to vacate the University precinct in retreat.
Students were demanding that they be paid their NSFAS benefits and outstanding tuition fees in full.
Univen spokesperson, Takalani Dzaga, speaking to ‘SAfm’s Update at Noon’ reiterated the fact that the institution’s doors of learning were still closed and classes have been suspended until Friday.
“Some students have received their allowances, and the University plans to resume with the normal program of learning from Monday the 13th of August.”
Dzaga, further alluded to the fact that they’ve been communicating with students through social media and hoping for sanity to prevail.
“We have pleaded with the SRC that It’s practically impossible for us to assist students who have not received their allowances if we are outside our working stations.” concluded Takalani Dzaga.