Students protest over

2018-04-18 06:01
Durban University of Technology students gather at Indumiso Campus during the protest.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Durban University of Technology students gather at Indumiso Campus during the protest.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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DURBAN University of Technology students from Riverside Campus and Indumiso Campus brought the Indumiso campus to a standstill on Tuesday as they protested for an increase in meal and book allowance money which they obtain from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

The students demand that their book allowance be increased to R7 000. They currently receive a meal allowance of R1 600 per month and a book allowance for R1 000 per semester, which they say is inadequate.

Students Representative Council (SRC) secretary-general, Promise Ntethelelo Ngema said allowances are not the only problem; students’ safety is also a concern.

“Students can not survive with this money and produce results. With R1 000 you only get one book and you have five modules, how are we going to get other books? They are expensive. We tried to engage with NSFAS, deputy minister of higher education Buti Manamela and all the stakeholders involved in the university to try and find solutions for these problems in February but that did not help us. In March we were told that we will not get the increment,” Ngemasaid. He said that they will continue with their protest until their demands are met.

“This week there were tests that we were supposed to write but no one will write them. How can they expect us to write tests when we do not have books? We will even submit a memorandum if that is what it takes to get their attention. We are tired of our demands being ignored. There are students who do not have accommodation and others who live in the CBD where there is a lack of security”, said Ngema. NSFAS spokesperson Phatisa Ntlonze did not respond to the queries sent to her by Echo and her phone was unanswered. Plessislaer Police Station Spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said no one was arrested during the protest.

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