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Unisa EC shutdown by students

The University of South Africa’s (Unisa) has shut down all three campuses; Mthatha, East London and Port Elizabeth demanding the immediate removal of their Human Resources coordinator and the Regional Director, claiming that they do not care about the needs of students in the Eastern Cape.

The Student Representative Council demanded that national management fly down to deal with pertinent issues involving safety and mismanagement.

They claim that there are no security cameras in the building and the campus has been subjected to many break-ins, with women fearing for their lives.

“Given the national challenge of safety faced by women, especially students, we cannot allow this institution to be open to the public in this manner, with people walking in and out as they please. Also, this safety issue is caused by the fact that, by 10am there are no administration staff members in the building, they have knocked off,” said regional secretary for the Unisa SRC, Avela Mpatana.

The SRC said there has been a decline in services at Unisa since 2015. Unisa’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya and his advisor, Dr Somadoda Fikeni are currently locked in a meeting with the student body.

“As we speak, there is no administrative staff in the building. This delays applications and registrations. Every time we engage HR on this matter, they display arrogance and inform us that they do not report to us,” said Mpatana.

Lack of academic support, staff shortages are among the reasons why students expressed the loss of confidence in the leadership of the institutions, they say, they want to be led by people from within the province.


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