UFS students present demands to Vice Chancellor Jansen

2015-10-27 17:25
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Bloemfontein - University of Free State students on Tuesday marched to the campus' main building to deliver a memorandum of demands.

The few students who were marching handed over a six-page memorandum to Vice Chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen.

According to Student Representative Council president Lindokuhle Ntuli, it was degrading for students to prove how poor they were.

"We have decided to march here because the vice chancellor has not made himself available to students during the no fee increase protest, so today we are here to deliver a memorandum, which includes our burning issues," he said.

The students demanded financial support and the removal of apartheid-era CR Swart and MT Steyn statues from the campus.

"These statutes don't represent the values of this university and we demand them to be taken down," he said.

Students also demanded that the university stop outsourcing and pay workers a minimum of R4 000.

"We can no longer watch the exploitation of our mothers and fathers prevailing within the institution. They are still paid peanuts and cannot sustain their own families."

Jansen was expected to reply to the demands on Wednesday at 13:00. 

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