Desperate students sleep outside campus for days

2014-07-23 00:00

OVER 100 students have been sleeping outside in the cold for seven days, waiting to register for college.

The students come from as far away as the Eastern Cape and are waiting to register for N4 courses at the Plessislaer campus of Umgungundlovu FET College.

Nozipho Shezi from Swayimane has been sleeping outside the entrance of the institution since Tuesday last week.

“We have not been told when we will register and I can’t go back home because I don’t have money to travel daily,” she said.

“We are here because we want better education; the least they can do is treat us as humans by allowing us to sleep inside the campus.”

She said only some people were being registered.

“Last week we were told that by Friday we would be registered but on ­Friday we were told to come back on Monday,” said Shezi, adding they were still waiting.

Sitting on her blankets, she said they were starving and were not allowed to use toilets inside the facility.

“Some of us have not had a bath for days.”

Shezi said she was concerned about their safety.

Siphokazi Geza from Bizana in the Eastern Cape said they were told there was only space for 120 students but more than 400 students were waiting to be registered.

Students called for Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade ­Nzimande to intervene.

SRC secretary Ayanda Mtshali ­accused the management of taking decisions without involving student leadership. He said they were told registration will take place today.

Umgungundlovu FET College Principal Ntombi Ntshangase said the campus management had not informed her of the severity of the problem.

“I will visit the campus [today] so we can try to resolve this problem,” she said.

Ntshangase was shocked and surprised to hear that there were students sleeping outside the campus. “I would have to take a drive to see this for myself because it does not reflect good on us,” she said.

She said she would try to arrange ­accommodation for them.


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