MBABANE: Professor Justice Thwala, the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) Vice Chancellor has written a memorandum informing students about the suspension of student body meetings and protests within the Luyengo, Mbabane and Kwaluseni campuses respectively.
“In the exercise of the power vested in the Vice Chancellor of the University under Section 4(5) of the statuses of the University of Eswatini, and having noted the disruption of classes and the normal operations of the University as recently as today, 19 May 2023 at the Mbabane Campus, meeting and toyi-toying are hereby prohibited with immediate effect,” reads the memo in part.
The registrar of the higher learning institution Dr. Selebona Simelane did not respond at the time of compiling this report.
Reached for comment, Samnkelo Zestar Ndzimandze the Campaign Officer of the Swaziland National Union Of Students (SNUS) said the Vice Chancellor decision to suspend student body meetings is an insult to students which must attended with urgency.
“This is an insult to students.The Union condemns such a communique from the Vice Chancellor, we have to treat this a matter of urgency.Students are also stakeholders in that institution, it is therefore their right to hold meetings and deliberate on issues affecting them,”said the Students Union's Campaign Officer.
The decision to suspended student body meetings at the higher learning institution,comes after students held a joint meeting on Monday,and resolved not to return to class until their grievances were resolved including the pending allowances issue among others.
UNESWA Vice Chancellor Justice Tfwala bans protests, students meetings within the University.