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Wits SRC, CoJ in talks over accommodating students

Some students have been sleeping on campus as they wait for their National Student Financial Aid Scheme and bursary funds to be approved.

FILE: A group of Wits University students staging a small demonstration at Solomon Mahlangu House on 5 February 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University's student representative council (SRC) said it’s in talks with the City of Johannesburg to identify buildings that could accommodate at least 500 students who have no place to stay.

Some students have been sleeping on campus as they wait for their National Student Financial Aid Scheme and bursary funds to be approved.

Last month, violence flared at Wits and other campuses across the country when students protested over funding and the lack of accommodation.

Wits SRC spokesperson Gugu Zwane said: “For some students, the issue is not funding for accommodation, it’s getting a building to be accommodated in. These are issues out of our hands and what we need is genuinely a building.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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