Fort Hare students evicted from residences

2016-10-07 21:12
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Fort Hare students.

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Johannesburg - Fort Hare University students have been evicted from after missing the university’s deadline to vacate their residences, the SRC said on Friday.

Police arrived on Thursday evening and ordered students to vacate their rooms, Student Representative Council member Thandikhaya Mathokazi said.

He said students were left stranded on the street.

"We went to the sports centre, where we are now. We are busy mobilising food for students and trying to understand the situation we have found ourselves in."

The Bhisho High Court on Tuesday granted the university an order stating that students could be evicted immediately, on condition that alternative accommodation was found for them.

Mathokazi accused Fort Hare’s management of not having implemented the court order properly.

Nelisa Tsethu, a Bachelor of Science student from Johannesburg, said she had nowhere to go.

"If I had money I would have gone home, but it is costly to travel home and to return on 11 October, when we have to come back for a meeting with management with our parents," she said.

'The notice was clear'

Fort Hare spokesperson Lizo Phithi said that, after the court order was granted, the university issued a notice to all students in residence to report to the student affairs office and apply for accommodation.

"The notice was clear, because we sent it out on Wednesday and the deadline was on Thursday at 11:30. Some students did comply with the notice, while some did not. Those who did not comply will be evicted as the court ruling stated," he said.

He said some students had accused the SRC of taking their accommodation application forms.

"Hence the SRC is in breach of the court order, and from my understanding, students that had not applied for alternative accommodation were accommodated at the sports centre for the night."

Alice police spokesperson Siyanga Matikinca said they had evicted students who had not applied for alternative accommodation.

"At the moment, we are at the Alice campus monitoring students as the sheriff and management are addressing students. There is no violence," she said.

Police were patrolling the area to ensure no students returned to their residences.

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