DAMAGE TO SA UNIVERSITIES HITS R600 MILLION – AND COUNTING

That number has doubled from a figure of R300 million in damage done to 14 universities released by the Department of Higher Education and Training in April.

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Universities South Africa (USAf) says it is concerned by the damage to the academic programmes and the infrastructure of many of the institutions around the country by student protesters.

The FeesMustFall campaign first started nationwide in October last year.

Nzimande placed a cap of 8% on increases and stated that poorer students would not be affected by the hikes. The news however, was not welcomed with students demanding free tertiary education.

“Damage sustained by the university sector in the last year due to student protests is estimated to have now exceeded the R600 million mark,” it said.

That number has doubled from a figure of R300 million in damage done to 14 universities released by the Department of Higher Education and Training in April.

The breakdown of the damage to April included the following:

UniversityDamages
Rhodes UniversityR250 000
University of JohannesburgR345 000
Walter Sisulu UniversityR351 287
Universities of StellenboschR352 000
Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyR689 850
Wits UniversityR1 410 223
LimpopoR1 786 294
Free State UniversityR2 800 000
University of Cape TownR3 200 000
University of ZululandR4 500 000
Tshwane University of TechnologyR5 073 747
Universitie of KwaZulu NatalR82 000 000
University of the Western CapeR46 544 446
North WestR151 000 000

The costs above do not include the latest round of destruction, nor the burning down of the UJ Auditorium in May which is estimated to have done a further R100 million in damages.

USAf’s CEO, Professor Ahmed Bawa said: “Given the interim nature of the Minister’s intervention, the current shutdown at some institutions is extremely difficult to understand.”

The ANC warned on Monday that certain elements appeared to have hijacked the genuine demands of students, following the discovery of three petrol bombs at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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