One parent states her case for fees

2016-10-13 06:00
 Meat vendor Vuyiswa Mbizo-Makaula is hoping the gorvenment can consider free tertiary education for the sake of unemployed parents.  PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Meat vendor Vuyiswa Mbizo-Makaula is hoping the gorvenment can consider free tertiary education for the sake of unemployed parents. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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In the midst of the mayhem borne as a result of clashes between police and students during this year’s #feesmustfall campaign, little attention has been given to parents of the children involved in those struggles.

City Vision took to the streets to gauge the feeling of the ‘silent majority’’.

One such parent is Vuyiswa Mbizo-Makaula, from Phillipi, who said she hoped a solution to the impasse should be found sooner, rather than later.

Mbizo-Makaula, a 64-year-old widow, is a mother to Siphokazi Makaula, a Human Resources student at the University of Cape Town, who hopes that the government will heed the students call for free tertiary education.

She pleaded with the government to think of parents like her who are unemployed and struggle to put their children through school.

Mbizo-Makaula ekes out a living as a meat vendor at the popular pork stalls in the Better Life area along the New Eisleben Road in Philippi.

“I believe that the government should think about how hard it is for us unemployed parents who have to sacrifice our last cent to put our children to school which, in most times, it is not even enough.

As vendors we work seven days a week just to make enough money to pay for household expenses and are left with little for education,” she said.

She said for her and her daughter, Siphokazi, 22, economic exclusion at university was a reality they have faced before.

“My daughter finished matric in 2012 but we could not send her to school(university) the following year because I did not have the money for registration. We had to save up and wait till the following year for her to get in,” she said.

At the time she thought that now that her daughter was in, it was going to be downhill from there and that she would get a bursary.

“I was in for a shock because once she was inside the expenses kept going up. We had to have monthly train tickets, text books, and money for lunch, laptop and other things like printing,” she recalled.

She said that Siphokazi went through the first year of her studies without textbooks as she simply could not afford them.

Makaula said without vending the meat everyday, there was no way her daughter would make it.

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