THE Young Communist League in the Eastern Cape yesterday defended President Jacob Zuma and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, saying their intervention in the seven-week strike at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) was proof that they prioritised education.
During the strike, the Sasco-led WSU Student Representative Council and opposition parties attacked Zuma and Nzimande, saying they did not care about the future of the students as they did not quickly intervene.
Provincial secretary Mluleki Dlelanga rejected those claims and applauded Zuma and Nzimande for their intervention. However, he admitted the problems faced by the university would not be solved overnight.
An agreement between the institution and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union was reached last week after intervention by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chambane, who was appointed by Zuma.
Classes resumed yesterday.
WSU spokeswoman Angela Church confirmed the strike was over. "About 90% of our students are back at school. It is back to business as usual," she said. – Mkhululi Ndamase