By Sandile Nkambule | 2019-08-23
The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has run to court to stop the ongoing class boycott by students.
The university has filed an urgent application at the High Court where it is seeking an order interdicting the students from continuing with the ongoing class boycott which has lasted about four days now.
The urgent application was yesterday filed on behalf of the institution before Principal Judge Qinisile Mabuza by the institution’s law firm Sibandze Attorneys.
According to the application, the matter is urgent by virtue of the fact that the class boycott is ongoing and seems to be gaining momentum.
It has been further submitted that there is a likelihood that if the matter is not heard on an urgent basis, the harm the applicant (Limkokwing) seeks to avert would have precipitated and irreversible.
The respondents’ (students’) conduct according to the university now causes a danger to the applicant’s employees and other learners as the boycotting students have already uttered threats against the non-participating students who wish to attend classes.
“There have already been clashes between the respondents and members of the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) within the university premises, hence violence is likely to continue and escalate,” states part of the submissions.
According to the institution, this is a matter which cannot be concluded in due course because the university’s operations are already grounded with students and other relevant stakeholders not able to gain access to the university premises and use other facilities.
The university administration submitted that the institution does not only cater for government sponsored students and if the court does not intervene, the students who are privately funded will continue to be prejudiced and or harmed by the respondents who have embarked on an illegal class boycott.
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