Universities South Africa (USaf) says that there will be no general decisions about amnesty for # FeesMustFall expulsions.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the body – whose council consists of all vice-chancellors of the 26 public universities in South Africa – responded to a call from a number of organizations and individuals to grant general amnesty to all students which either suspended or banished by universities or criminalized during the protests #FeesMustFall.
Usaf said that universities do not have jurisdiction over cases where students were accused by the state and found guilty of criminal activities by a court. In these cases, the issue of amnesty must be dealt with by the Presidency.
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On Monday, the Mail & Guardian reported that a student committee will be set up to work with Minister Michael Masutha of Justice to draft a plan to grant amnesty to demonstrators prosecuted.
Masutha and student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile held a joint press briefing in Pretoria after the two met on Friday outside the Union buildings.
Universities SA says that when students have sentences that amount to suspension or expulsion and want to apply for amnesty / leniency, they are treated by their individual institutions, each with internal policies and procedures to assess appeals for amnesty / leniency.
Members of the USAF board felt that students had committed various violations during student activism of 2015 and 2016 in circumstances that significantly changed between universities.
As a result, institutions also benefited perpetrators in ways that were informed by their context and different circumstances and that needed to be consistent with their approach, practices, policies and procedures.
Read the USaf statement below:
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