#FeesMustFall: I feel like failure

2015-10-22 21:18
Bathandwa Xhallie.

Bathandwa Xhallie.

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Cape Town - Bathandwa Xhallie, 24, may have got a 60% bursary for a Masters degree at Stellenbosch, but she only just scrapes by thanks to food given to her by a social worker.

"The only income in my family is a R1 000 grant which my grandmother claims. She had to go to a loan shark for money just to travel here," she said.

"They had offered me a 60% bursary. Not realising how expensive the university is, I took it. At home I live with my grandparents and my mother. My mom is unemployed and my grandmother gets a grant, that is all."

As she moves towards getting her Masters degree in law, she said that she felt like a failure.

"I get food from a social worker and I feel helpless. My bursary covers my tuition and half of my residence fees, so as of this year I owe R40 000 to the university.

"I have a degree. I have the piece of paper and I am an educated woman and I feel stupid. I have been to countless interviews and when they see that I did my undergraduate degree at Fort Hare University, I know that getting the job is not going to happen."

She said that additional costs, like paying for medication after she was ill last month, became an insurmountable problem.

"Last month I got sick and I went to the public hospital here and it was horrible. I wasn't able to get any medication. Lucky for me I have a friend who has medical aid, and she helped me get some medicine to take," Xhallie said. 

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