Posts From September, 2013

Invite for the Walter Sisulu University Strike 

Eastern Cape Regional Executive
Posted by Tshepo Mokoka Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:09:00 PM

FROM THE ASF EC Chairperson

 

Greetings to you all fellow brothers and Sisters in Christ.
This is to inform you nge Wsu prayer and Revival that will be held as follows:
Venue: KSD Mtata...
Date: 07 September 2013
Time: 18:00.
As you knw the situation @ Walter Sisulu University its been six weeks now without academic activities so as the Regional Executive Committee we decided to do something about this situation and we belive that with God's help everything its posible, this affects ASF as a whole not only WSU Ansocer's, so let us all be there and give them support @ this difficult time
For more information please don't hesitate to contact the ASF Regional Chairperson of Eastern Cape Mr. Viwe Mdunyelwa @ 0781750311 .
Yours in Christ Service: Mgebe

Walter Sisulu University Strike 

From the President: Rethabile Matlatsa
Posted by Tshepo Mokoka Monday, September 02, 2013 3:05:00 PM

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

 

The Anglican Students Federation is joining political parties and other stake holders in higher education for further intervention at Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape, which has closed indefinitely amid labour and student unrest. Students at the institution’s four campuses were given until midday on Wednesday (28th August) to vacate the premises because of the discord that has characterized the life of that university.

The closure follows a five-week-long strike by staff demanding higher wages that has all but ended teaching and learning which also began leading to disruptive student protests.

The ASF wishes to express its unequivocal support to the students of Walter Sisilu University for protesting against the injustices demonstrated to proper education. The actions of the students to protect the core values of education and academic freedom are timely, important, and admirable.

We strongly condemn the victimisation of students who participated in the strike and plead with the university that the tyrannical orders for the closing of all of the campuses should be withdrawn and the university be reopened at once. This support however is not confined to negative acts of passivity, we condemn once more any sort of violence that has characterised the protest march which to our understanding was meant to be a peaceful demonstration. We know and greatly applaud the patience the students, whose futures have been put at risk, have shown but vandalizing the property of the institution is a recipe for another disaster which none of us would want to witness. In its positive form it expresses itself in desperate attempts pray with and for the university in its entirerity to find a common ground to deal with the fundamental issues at hand so that the business of the institution can continue.

We therefore call on the supremacy of the university to seek the views and obtain the express consent of the students necessarily to ensure that the future of students is not been compromised, this is a dynamic demand by the students which should never be ignored.

Article by Rethabile P Matlatsa

(52nd president of the ASF)

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