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The students threatened to make the college “ungovernable” should management not respond to their memorandum “within 48 hours”

ON THE STREET: Students from the Northern Cape Urban TVET Colleges Phatsimang, Moremogolo and City campuses in Kimberley staged a massive protest yesterday morning, which saw roads closed and armed police monitoring the situation. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THOUSANDS of students at the Northern Cape Urban TVET College’s Phatsimang, Moremogolo and City campuses in Kimberley staged a massive protest yesterday, which saw roads closed and armed police monitoring the situation.

The students took to the streets early yesterday morning, burning tyres and blockading John Daka Road in Galeshewe, demanding to be addressed by the college’s principal, Brian Madalane.

The students wanted to hand over a memorandum of grievances and demands, which included placement in unoccupied hostel rooms, the scrapping of all student debt, free wi-fi on all campuses and the revival of all sports facilities.

“We have been sleeping under trees and at the police station as the unoccupied accommodation at the hostels has not been made available to us. Since the start of the year there have been no classes and no lecturers and management is not taking us seriously,” the students said.

They further demanded that all lecturers be in class by Monday and that all textbooks be available by the end of the day.

The students threatened to make the college “ungovernable” should management not respond to their memorandum “within 48 hours”.

Madalane responded to media enquiries by saying that he did meet with the students as requested at both the Phatsimang and City campuses.

“The students handed over a memorandum to the principal and management. The college will unpack the memorandum and the students will be addressed on Thursday, January 31. Students are expected to report to campuses daily,” Madalane said.