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Medunsa re-opens after strike ends

Pretoria - Students at Medunsa would return to campus and resume classes next week.

University management and student representatives reached an agreement on Thursday, to open the Ga-Rankuwa campus, north of Pretoria, for students, university spokesman Kgalema Mohuba said.

Members of the South African Police Services clearing the mess made by protesting Mesunsa students. Picture: Oupa Mokoena. Credit: INL SA

“We expect that everything will return to normal by Monday... Police are still investigating the incidents and going through the CCTV footage,” Mohuba said.

Both parties apparently reached an agreement late on Thursday afternoon before appearing in court.

Mohuba said a settlement was reached when the SRC agreed to certain conditions.

“The president of the SRC agreed to write and distribute a communiqué indicating that students would cease protests, stop vandalising the school's property and stop harassing our staff members.”

Earlier in the day, the SA Medical Association called for an end to the ongoing strike.

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 renaming the campus 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.

Sapa

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