Student leaders attribute recent protests to mistrust of management
A wave of protests has hit universities including Wits, Durban University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal over the past few weeks.
JOHANNESBURG – Students at some universities in the country have attributed the recent protests at their institutions to a breakdown in trust and communication with management.
A wave of protests has hit universities, including Wits, Durban University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal over the past few weeks.
Students are demanding, amongst other issues, accommodation and registration for their peers with historical debt.
DUT's SRC president Siyanda Godlimpi: “The issue of historical debt; we’ve got students who graduated last year but they do not have their qualifications because NSFAS hasn’t cleared their debt.”
Wits SRC's Sibongile Sibeko from the Wits SRC says that there's a general mistrust between students and management.
“We had no idea that this was going to happen; also the university did not make alternative arrangement for the people that have been kicked out of these residences to have a place to stay in 2019.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)