‘UJ could have done better’

2012-01-10 16:14

The announcement that no further late applications would be considered by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) left many prospective students disgruntled with the institution’s handling of the process.

Following the stampede at its Bunting Road campus in Auckland Park this morning, which left one woman dead and approximately 17 people injured, UJ registrar Professor Marie Muller sent out a letter stating that no further late applications would be considered.

Michael Khumalo (20), who said he had received an SMS from the university telling him he should come in today, said he was disappointed, adding that the institution could have done more.

“I feel bad because the UJ has four campuses and they only used one. The use of one campus contributed to today’s mess,” said Khumalo, who had his admission to the same institution declined last year.

Nongcebo Ndlovu (18), who said she had applied at UJ and came to Bunting Road because she had not received a response, said it was unfair of the university to close the applications in spite of what had happened earlier in the day.

“It is not fair because I waited for a long time and the institution deceived us in terms of the registration period. When I applied online, I did not receive a response from them,” she added.

Thuto Nkoana (18), was more vitriolic in her criticism of the university, saying that the university’s management should take full responsibility for what had happened at the Bunting Road gate.

“The funny thing was all of the idiots who jumped over the gate were able to submit their applications while those who stood patiently bore the brunt of the closed applications. If I were one of those who were injured, I would sue the institution,” she said.

Earlier UJ Vice Chancellor Professor Ihron Rensburg said the incident was regrettable but maintained that the university had been prepared for an influx of late applications.

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