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Court order to halt students

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BARRY VILJOEN
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Students of the Capricorn College for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the city, were on Tuesday restrained from entering the Polo-kwane Campus grounds until such time as the management of the college decides that it is safe to do so, and gives notice thereof to the students.
The Limpopo Division of the High Court also ordered the Police to maintain law and order, ensure that no student or any unauthorised person enters the Polokwane Campus and to limit any possible damage to the property of the College; and thereafter respond in a similar manner to any further incident reported by the College. The order has to be brought to the attention of the students, by publishing it in local publications, the Court ordered. The order is an interim order and the respondents, being the Police and the students, were called upon to, on 16 July show cause why the interim order should not be made final.
This intervention by the College follows after students took to the streets last Thursday to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with some matters at the institution.
A similar action, during which a memorandum was handed to Management, took place at the Polokwane Campus earlier last week but was diffused after the management of the College promised to attend to grievances and students returned to classes last Wednesday. It could not be established why students chose to stage another protest again after only two days. The final straw was when students allegedly started to damage college property on Tuesday.
The students’ dissatisfaction reportedly stems from the fact that their travel expenses and reimbursements for off-campus accommodation were allegedly not paid in time and that they do not receive credit for English and Mathematics in which they have obtained 40% and have to enrol again. The high rate of failure during the supplementary examinations and the fact that the results are received very late in the year, are also matters of concern. The students insist that Life Orientation be divided into two subjects, being Life Orientation and Computer Practice.
Justice Lebopa, Public Relations Officer of the College, said that the management of the College is looking into the grievances and that an outcome will be communicated in due course.