Second chance for disgraced SA students in Cuba

2013-04-11 11:45

Two KwaZulu-Natal medical students who were expelled from Cuba for demanding better meals and a 300% increase in spending money are expected to get a second chance.

According to Durban daily, the Mercury, today, one of the students will return to Cuba while Health Minister Aron Motsoaledi would speak to the second student for a second time.

The newspaper quoted KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo as saying that Motsoaledi would speak to him to ensure that “he understands the expectations his nation has of him”.

The students, whose stay in Cuba is funded by the South African government, had boycotted classes demanding that their monthly stipend of R1 600 be tripled and that they wanted better meals.

According to the report, they complained that they received pork every day.

Dhlomo told the newspaper that his office was arranging the return of the two KwaZulu-Natal men, who were among six students sent home last month after the Cuban government and the national health department terminated their studies.

Kgoputso Pege, the chairwoman of the Junior Doctor’s Association, told the Mercury the association supported the return to Cuba of the two men as “it was felt they should be forgiven because their behaviour was unintentional”.

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