UKZN: Student protest march to paralyse campus, say communists

2010-03-03 00:00

STUDENTS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, will tomorrow embark on a strike to protest the financial exclusion of some students and the shortage of accommodation.

The students’ representatives claim that a number of students have been denied financial aid by the institution and that others are being prevented from studying further because they have not paid last year’s study fees.

Isaac Luthuli, of the Young Communist League and the organiser of the march, said tomorrow the institution will come to a halt because the demonstrations will last the whole day.

“A number of students are suffering at this institution because they have been excluded financially from studying further,” said Luthuli.

He said that recently about 1 000 students whose applications for financial aid were turned down had appealed, but only 11 were successfull. Many other students were not allowed to register this year because they had outstanding fees from last year, he added.

“That means hundreds of students will either have to go home or starve.”

Luthuli said they the young communists are also deeply concerned about the lack of accommodation. He said the university offers accommodating to many students and now it is unable take them all in. Some students have been forced to sleep outside.

“The strike will take the whole day. We know that this is a very short academic year and a whole day will me a huge setback for the institution,” he said.

Nomonde Mbadi, executive director of corporate relations, said the institution is aware of the problems.

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