Reprinted from News24, by Babalwa Ndlanya – 2022-03-15
About 1 000 students from Zamukulungisa WSU Campus in Mthatha were left stranded after their landlords allegedly evicted them from their place of residences yesterday, March 14.
The landlords were demanding money for rent as the students owed rent for three months.
This was confirmed by the Provincial Executive Committee Member of South African Students Congress (SASCO) in the Eastern Cape, Emihle Goniwe.
He said he was not sure about the number of students who were evicted but they are close to 1 000.
“We received a call informing us about this problem. As we speak now we are embarking on a strike because we want this issue to be solved immediately and we want answers from the University because we know that funds were allocated by the Government to assist the Universities of the Eastern Cape,” said Goniwe.
Spokesperson for Walter Sisulu University, Yonela Tukwayo, said like every other university and college they charge fees for tuition and accommodation. The University does not give free accommodation to students and no institution of higher learning does that.
“Students that had not paid for accommodation were given ample warning to vacate residences by March 7, 2022 to make space for students who are funded (by the state, private companies or self-funded) who had applied for accommodation to take up those spaces,” said Tukwayo.
She added that bursary funding that WSU has received from various funders have set criteria, which the University must adhere to.
Many funders opt to fund undergraduate qualification, instead of funding those who already have a qualification. Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students are those who already have a formal qualifications (diploma or degree).
“Donations were received for PGCE and are being allocated, however the money received is not enough to fund all registered PGCE students.”
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