Students boycott class for second week

Class boycott by University of Fort Hare students in the East London campus has entered its second week. 

University of Fort Hare students are boycotting classes for the second week in a row. Picture: FILE

More than 300 nursing students have not been attending classes since Monday last week. They are demanding the removal of the acting departmental head, Ntombana Rala whom they accuse of “running the department as her own farm.”

At least three students have been served with letters of intended suspensions for being part of the demonstrations that seek to remove Rala. 

In a meeting with student leaders last week, it was agreed that Rala will be moved to work with postgraduate students, but the students want her removed from the department. 

The students also want the university management to uplift the letters of intended suspensions on the three students or issue them to all students. 

On Thursday last week, the university management issued a letter to students to return to class by Friday, an order that students defied. 

University vice-chancellor Sakhela Buhlungu is expected to address the students on Thursday.