Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor says her department is working hard to resolve the current student accommodation crisis at universities.
In a statement issued after a meeting with SRC presidents, the South African Union of Students (SAUS), the CEO of Universities South Africa (USAf) and the administrator of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Pandor said her department was committed to tackling the issues raised at the meeting.
"I would like to correct the misunderstanding that I do not take seriously the matters that students have raised with me. That is not the case," she said.
Students at some universities have been protesting since the beginning of registration periods at their respective institutions and their grievances have included a demand to scrap historical debt and academic exclusion.
One student, Mlungisi Madonsela, was shot and killed at Durban University of Technology (DUT) after security personnel and students clashed two weeks ago.