The perpetrators of the nationwide FeesMustFall protests are resting at home while the country is left to bear the cost of the protests that resulted in over R300m in damages, the Department of Higher Education said.
In his reply to a written question from the DA which was published on Tuesday, SA Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said so far, 14 universities had submitted damage reports.
In a recent protest, protesters started a fire which caused a huge damage in the University of Witwatersrand lecture hall. This is just a tip of the iceberg in a string of incidents at universities across the country that have condemned several university properties.
Nzimande explained that the universities had not confirmed yet “from which university budgets these damages will be recovered. However, certain damages will be paid or recovered from insurance claims.”
Below is a highlight of the damages incurred by FeesMustFall protests
- University of Stellenbosch – R352 000.00
- North West University – R151 000 000.00
- University of Limpopo – R1 786 294.52
- University of Johannesburg – R345 000.00
- University of the Western Cape – R46 544 446.00
- Walter Sisulu University – R351 287.19
- Tshwane University of Technology – R5 073 747.73
- University of KwaZulu-Natal – R82 000 000.00
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology – R689 850.14
- University of Cape Town – R3 200 000.00
- University of Zululand – R 4 500 000.00
- Rhodes University – R250 000.00
- University of the Witwatersrand – R1 410 223.00
- University of the Free State – R2 800 000.00
- Total cost: R300 302 848.58
The University of South Africa, Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology and University of Fort Hare are yet to submit their own list of damages Nzimande elaborated.
The Vaal University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Venda, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Pretoria had reported some insignificant damage done to the institutions.