President Zuma said on Thursday that he was seriously disturbed by the violence on some campuses.
“All citizens have the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions. Protestors should at all times adhere to the Constitution when undertaking protest action. We urge the students to exercise this right in a responsible manner,” President Zuma said.
The President urged students to respect law enforcement officers and also respect the rights of those who are not taking part in the protests.
“We have also directed members of the South African Police Service to act strictly within the confines of the law and the Constitution as they discharge their duties of ensuring the safety and security of all, as well as protecting lives and property," said President Zuma.
Meanwhile, President Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the family of Celumusa Ntuli, the Wits University worker who died this week.
The President has reaffirmed the commitment of government to support access to education for all, including the children of the poor and the working class.
He also urged university management, parents, students and all stakeholders in communities to work with government to find solutions peacefully and constructively.