1 killed in UJ registration stampede

2012-01-10 08:52

Johannesburg - One person was killed on Tuesday in a stampede at the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Road campus in Auckland Park.

The person killed was reportedly a female student. According to EWN, the stampede occurred when the gates were opened to let some people through.  Several had also apparently been injured in the incident.

One critically injured person has been taken to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Netcare 911's Jeffrey Wicks said.

Around 10 000 people had pitched up at the campus on Monday hoping to be registered.

According to SABC News, hopeful students started queuing as early as 03:00 on Tuesday.

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  • MurrayDixonTaylor - 2012-01-10 09:00

    What a sad way to go!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-10 09:04

      Very sad. However, why do people turn up when they are not registered, or, why do Universities accept registration now? Surely this should have been done before the start of the academic year? Matric results too late? Too many marks being 'adjusted' upwards?

      Willie - 2012-01-10 09:05

      This are the results of lowering standard at high school. Blabde Nzimande should take the resposibility for this nonsense,he promised everybody space at high institu. of learning.NO PLAN FOR EDUCATION IN THIS COUNTRY

      Christelle - 2012-01-10 09:09

      How terrible!!! But even worse, how in the world does this happen? Registration for university? Overcrowded? I just do not understand this?

      Silvana - 2012-01-10 09:19

      @Squugee. One has to pay a non-refundable deposit to register. I would imagine that most of these students cannot afford to lose that kind of money if they fail matric. It's a chicken and egg situation. Tragic!

      Willie - 2012-01-10 09:29

      @ Silvana i do not agree with you if you pay for something make sure you get the results

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-10 09:31

      This is yet again a manifestation of the failure of the policies of a totally inept government. The chickens are coming home to roost. They should NEVER have done away with the Technikons - there is a BIG space for Diplomas, and that is why people are trying to get into into UJ. At the very least, if they did away with the Technikons, they now need another University to cater for the burgeoning population. BUT, just as the closing down of the Nurses' and Teachers' Training Colleges was a MAJOR mistake, this one is even more of a catastrophe. The sad part is that young people's lives, their futures are being trashed by people who simply DO NOT KNOW how to govern.

      Wall - 2012-01-10 09:46

      It won't account for all 10000 or so, but perhaps some of them were only approved for bursaries when they got their matric results, and couldn't register before that happened?

      Alva - 2012-01-10 09:54

      The matric results should be released mid December latest. Releasing the results in January is just stupid!

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:06

      It is not registration - it is students who are trying to apply. In between are students who did apply with grade 11 results, declined and they now want to see if they can still make it with matric results. As there are tens of thousands in the queue who have never applied that now want to, those who have previously applied cannot get to the front. Its all just sad. Even then the spaces are really limited. vela that is also true.

      Kyle - 2012-01-10 11:52

      @ubhejane - show me the logic were people stampede and kill an inocent women just to get registered? Racist twits like you dont belong in SA. your so blinded by your own hatred you cant evern see what a racist twit you are

      Kyle - 2012-01-10 12:21

      @ubhejane - no you twit, people are allowed to come make comments here, the only racist idiot turing this into a race thing is you. grow up!

      Dane - 2012-01-10 13:19

      @Flowingriver Sure lets do that and see how the pass rate goes below 0

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 14:27

      Haibo!! Aich!!!!

      rowen.loretz - 2012-01-10 15:01

      never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups...IDIOCY. What a bunch of holigans that want to overthrough everything that comes in their way.

      Boer - 2012-01-10 23:46

      Typical barbaric lot. No order.

  • John - 2012-01-10 09:01

    Eish, South Africans and queues! Taxi's, border posts, shops always descends into bundles and chaos! FFS, it not as if UJ is going to start its engines and disappear into a cloud of dust! Wait your turn!!

      mheystek - 2012-01-10 10:00

      Try living in China. SA is pale in comparison.

      Moss - 2012-01-10 10:29

      UJ has 4 campuses but only allows Bunting Road as the only applications centre. Van Rensburg please do some thinking here. Some they can go to Soweto for their courses!!

  • rknowler - 2012-01-10 09:02

    I have to ask why UJ does not have online registration? surely this tragedy could have been avoided with a better registration process besides people queuing at 3am and then stampeding to get in? Poor result UJ.

      K0BUSL - 2012-01-10 09:08

      These registrations are only for late applications. Apparently they have in excess of 10000 late applicants of which only about 800 will get place........ strange how our people wait until numbeer 99.9 and then expect to have the same benefits than the early worms..... wonder how many of these 10000 have their financial arrangements n order to become full time students or will they also DEMAND free tertiary education

      John - 2012-01-10 09:10

      UJ has had registration going from jan to october 2011. They do have proper processes in place. Waiting till the last minute is now the norm. More than 90% of the students in the queues have no chance of being admitted.

      Garth - 2012-01-10 09:17

      Sitting in a game lodge, in a remote area, on Sunday morning, watched a young lady enrol for University in Sydney, Australia. On-line registration opened at 00h00hours in Sydney and it took her almost 2 hours to complete her enrolment as hundreds of students crammed the net as they vied for limited places in certain classes. But no one died! We have the infrastructure in SA to allow for the same level of civilisation; pity our government doesn't feel it is necessary. R400 million would purchase a lot of computers.

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-10 09:20

      Heard a brief dialogue on this matter this morning. Basically, a large part of the problem is that students in poorer areas/outlying areas, are not adequatly briefed on the process, have not received assistance in suitable subjects for them to study, and have no access or knowlege to the internet registration process. I still feel that UJ have not controlled the process correctly, evidence being that someone has died...

      danibani24 - 2012-01-10 09:22

      Just to be clear: it is NOT registration. It is late applications.

      Louda - 2012-01-10 09:22

      Its because UJ should not except LATE APPLICATIONS ! There is a diff. between registration and late applications. Pupils want to study at a University but cant even queue in an orderly manner. So sad !

      naeem.essop - 2012-01-10 09:41

      They do have online registration, imbecile.

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:16

      UJ has an online registration process. Late applicants are usually people who do not have internet access. They have not applied with grade 11 results alot of the time because they do not even know that they can. These are masses of students who wake up when the newspapers release their results and now want to study... and they want to study at UJ. Other universities dont even open their doors to these students. Their is going to be an online application process. The matric results are matched electronically for those students who apply before the cut off and they dont need to come in with their certificates - unless they were declined and now want to see if they can still get a space,

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 11:14

      Graziella - your average plight is well deserved!!! Your next vote will also be a guarantee to keep it as it is. Keep on keeping on.

      Nonhlanhla - 2012-01-10 12:03

      they do, but how many people from rural ares have access to internet?

      Linda - 2012-01-10 12:21

      UJ has online registration even a video to help them step by step.

  • danibani24 - 2012-01-10 09:05

    It's not registration, News24. It's late applications.

      Earthling - 2012-01-10 09:34

      The quality of reporting on News24 is tragic. If you plan to be an informative site, please get your information right.

  • lebo.lathane - 2012-01-10 09:05

    Tragic and very matter how you look at it.

  • Jason - 2012-01-10 09:06

    I thought these are supposed to be the future bright minds of our country?

  • RatexZa - 2012-01-10 09:06

    This is sad for 2 reasons, firstly that there was someone killed, and secondly that there are so many students and so few spots. The government keeps going on and on about improving the school system, but what after school? The number of jobs for people with only grade12 is drying up, thanks to your ridiculous labour laws. Give them more universities and colleges.

      Garth - 2012-01-10 09:47

      Well said - spend the money on education useless, useless anc, don't just talk about it.

      Chris - 2012-01-10 10:35

      Also, To make a comment on the stampede. In situations like that it is FEAR that prevails, when you are in a crowd of thousands, with nowhere to go, and the crowd moves forward, you either move with it or get crushed so i can understand how it turned out the way it did. However its terrible that UJ even opened the gates, they should have foreseen the chaos, and its terrible that these morons tried to squeeze through. People should simply practice more common sense.

  • deon.fourie - 2012-01-10 09:10

    Let me guess, there was a direct correlation between a person's pathetic Matric results and his hooligan status as he pushed towards the front of the crowd.

      khanyib1 - 2012-01-10 09:26

      I doubt it. Sometimes it's pure desperation, albeit unreasonable. But then again one has to know how it feels to be in that situation, with no financial resources and no chance of getting anywhere. If I were a hooligan, I wouldn't even consider waking up at 3 am to queue at a grossly disorganised registrations office. There's nothing wrong with submitting a late application, especially when such late application is accepted at a fee. My personal opinion is that unless UJ implements a proper administration/admission procedure, more injuries, deaths etc will result. This tragedy could have been avoided.

      deon.fourie - 2012-01-10 09:29

      Khanyib1, I agree about the desperation part and me not knowing how it must feel, but there's absolutely no excuse for a death to occur with something like this. I think people are getting way too used to blame anything and everything else.

      Mfana - 2012-01-10 10:18

      Fourie you're bigger than that man

      deon.fourie - 2012-01-10 10:31

      Mfana I think you're underestimating my ability to be an a-hole now and again :) Anyway, looking at the bright side it's good to see people stampeding to get an education, rather than stampeding towards a party where our careless politicians are drinking Champagne at our expense.

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-10 09:12

    This is so unneccessary and tragic. Clearly there are thousands out there who want to better themselves and get some tertiary education which will give them and their families a better future. Yet the 100 year old liberation movement which has ruled this country for nearly 18 years has seen fit not to build new academic institutions but preferred to spend money on really useful things like submarines, stadiums and suspended cronies.

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 10:58

      Wellsaid Haas!

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 11:16

      Who is to blame!!!

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 13:30

      @Beetroot Buza kunyoko!

      Judith - 2012-01-10 21:32

      It's just like the electricity - no planning for the future - no cause and effect logic; I think it was the past government that built Baragwanath

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-10 09:13

    This is the Education Depts fault, they take too long to realease matric results which in turn results in a mad rush to register at Uni. They are bloody useless, what has changed from the olden days when the results were published on Dec 31st?? New regime, thats what. Her parents should sue the dept of Education and that idiot blade at the same time.

  • Ian - 2012-01-10 09:14

    what is wrong with these people

  • nmbave - 2012-01-10 09:16

    iSpeakOrder of God and Spirit of Courage in UJ. Condolences to the family of the deceased.

  • Adrian - 2012-01-10 09:17

    UJ must be investigated for not providing effective security, safety and crowd control measures.

      fschoeman2 - 2012-01-10 09:41

      What would you Know Adrian.

      Moss - 2012-01-10 10:40

      Correct Adrian, UJ has 4 campuses but decides take all applications at one location. There is no drama courses at Bunting, sure they can take them to Soweto campus

  • samuel.lebepe - 2012-01-10 09:18

    Really sad.

  • JCV.Landman - 2012-01-10 09:20


      Themba Hillsong - 2012-01-10 10:25

      Animals ke mmao!!!!!

      Moss - 2012-01-10 10:43

      Wanna a brain?? its on sale!!

      Kagisho - 2012-01-10 11:10

      @JCV.Landman, I only feel shame and sorry for your family if you have one; for they are subjected to such unspeakable and denigrating statements that equates to nothing but pure lack of undertanding of this word called HUMANITY!! please say it after me... H.U.M.A.N.I.T.Y... well done @JCV.Landman, even though you hate my comment believe you me... it is a step in the right direction...

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-10 09:22

    Well Universities should have an alternative way of processing late applications; online and call centre. Students also need to wake up, if you really wanna go to Varsity; do your research early and apply - this should be encouraged at grade 10, 11 & 12.

      Paul - 2012-01-10 09:35

      UJ had online applications but they often failed to work properly and students who did not have access to a computer had to line up to use the computers on campus.

      Mlungisi - 2012-01-10 10:01

      @Paul yeah but for late applicants there should be stricter rules (Apply online)

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:21

      It would be ok to do that but most of these students do not have online access... the battle here is "access to education" vs "government not ensuring enough funding for this education" - unfortunately in our country tertiary education is not a right its a priviledge and the cleverest early bird catches the worm.

  • Hester - 2012-01-10 09:22

    The loss of life is always tragic... they showed a student on the news last night that said she registered late [after the closing date] last year, and when she phoned to hear if she was successful she was told she was not. Yet she pitched up yesterday, fully expecting to be able to register. In the days when I had to do it, you registered, got your place at university and in the hostel, and then you had to work to ensure that you passed as well as you said you would. What happened to that?

  • pberchu - 2012-01-10 09:25

    People need to understand having a student number is not enough to get you a place in university. Its only because you paid R350.00 that the university gives you a number. It does not mean you have a chance of getting in.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-10 09:27

    Sad to think this is the ideal place to acquire the tools for the future, as far as the youth is concerned... surely, no line to fill out a form is long enough to justify a stampede? What a tragedy, condolances to the family of the deceased.

  • dekkeranton - 2012-01-10 09:29

    Why is this happening only at UJ? I do recall there was complete chaos there this time last year. No stories like this from Wits, a few km down the road, or Tuks, a few more km up the road, or from any other tertiary campus in the country. What’s going on at UJ? My condolences to the family. How tragic, after a few days of euphoria from receiving her results, to this.

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:22

      Its about markets. Other universities wont give these guys a chance by far. They take only the best and to hell with the rest.

      Bathabile Serei - 2012-01-10 10:40

      True I'm sitting here wondering as to what makes ur young hopefuls afraid to go to wits or tuks or anywhere else? we need more career guidance mre info about tertiary education institutions at high school. parents need to be educated too as to how and when to apply. all this is partly becos of IGNORANCE in Our communities. I can imagine how I wud feel if my mother died trying to get me into university sad, sad, sad!

      Kagisho - 2012-01-10 10:57

      @dekkeranton - I am with you on this one... an investigation is essential and we need to find and deal with the root cause. this is truly undermining the future and potential of our Country. My Heartfelt condolences to the families that are affected.

      Judith - 2012-01-10 21:35

      I heard on the news that UJ said they are not responsible for what happens outside their gates.....I find that totally disgusting....

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-10 09:31

    Why parents and the government not encouraging their children to venture into other SADEC nations for education is mind boggling? A graduate from Zimbabwe University is much more employable and better prepared than any of our Ivy League universities! Then again it is the same colonial tendency and attitude that we were thought by Western education system that we should look down at each other as Africans in general and blacks in particular! This woman is an Andries Tatane to higher education as he was to service delivery! Just like Desmond Tutu I will forever pray for the downfall of the current administration and not the movement in my case!

      Wall - 2012-01-10 09:57

      Is Zim University really more accepted than ours? Shocking, considering what's been going on there in the recent past... I wasn't aware of that, because I studied in a field that's sought after overseas - they particularly want SA-qualified people in my field. But as for other fields... it might be worth investigating further.

  • Paul - 2012-01-10 09:33

    I also went to UJ, same campus too. The admin there is a joke. I'm very sad to hear this news.

      khanyib1 - 2012-01-10 10:20

      My sentiments exactly Paul. Other universities have far better admin procedures. This is not about blaming everything & everyone, but an indication of what might have been the single most effective cause of the failure to control the applications/ admissions task.

  • fschoeman2 - 2012-01-10 09:35

    I am working there and this was something waiting to happen. UJ saw last year. I asked my self why do they let all these people come with hope to get in when there is no place any more.

  • Nasir Ngomane Mdletshe - 2012-01-10 09:35

    Isn't UJ suppose to be monitoring the student this. I'm sure this stampede wasn't going to happen if they had manage it from the start. May the soul of the young mind rest in peace

      Patrick Ndouza Ndou - 2012-01-10 10:05

      it ws nt a stampede get ur facts str8 pls.......

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:24

      there is a system and the system is that the gates get opened and people walk steadily to the tent - if they want to tramp on eachother what must an outsider do?????\

      Wall - 2012-01-10 10:33

      @Patrick - I'm really confused by the "facts" in this story, because it sounds like News24 got just about everything wrong! Was it a student who fell on a palisade fence while climbing over? Was it a parent? Was it a stampede or wasn't it? (And then there's the applications/registration thing, but I think everyone's answered that, that it was for applications.)

  • bomkazimpaza - 2012-01-10 09:36

    i think i want to emigrate, i can not take this anymore, things are not getting better but getting worse! i do not see us being free in any way, all i see is us oppressing each other and not really helping the situation!

      Moss - 2012-01-10 10:47

      Don't leave your pets behind!!

  • The-third - 2012-01-10 09:37

    Had LOTS of time to register - now a mad rush. It's sad but, really, people should plan better.

  • pat.pugheparry - 2012-01-10 09:37

    "I wanna go to UJ cos it is trendy and is in Joburg" - what a great reason for wanting to further your education. According to news reports 50% more people have qualified to go to university this year and they are all going, most of them without a clue what they are going to do there (other than complain about fees, res,etc) or how they are going to pay for it. It is a great way to procrastinate and absolve yourself from taking responsibility for your life for a few more years. The universities as respected institutions should take a stand and say NO! to this madness.

  • annempho.masenya - 2012-01-10 09:38

    There is a great need for career counselling in high schools across the country to be done by University- Student Counselling and Career Development Units, most learners want to apply yet they have no idea what they want to study, I know this for a fact as I studied and worked at UJ for many years. They must apply while studying grade 12 and submit their first term result and keep submitting results until final results are available. Most of them assume that applying automatically means they'll be accepted- well it doesn't work that way at all. it's really tragic that a young and ambitious person had to die during that stampede, so sad.

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:25

      News24 got it wrong its a parent that passed on. Still a tragedy none the less. One person is one person too many.

  • reine.marais - 2012-01-10 09:40

    Why is university registration not offered on the internet? That would solve all of these problems. Yes, some students might not have internet. They would have to queue. But thousands would have, which would reduce the risk of this kind of atrocity occurring.

      Ann Mo Cullen - 2012-01-10 09:52

      Ther is online registration but 4 student who hv dun their 1st year onli,ppl who qualify 4 online r students who pay deir fees on time

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:26

      it wont work because most of the people in that queue do not have internet access.

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 09:40

    Sad. I thought registration closed in November / most was registered then. When I was accepted many years ago at US, I got the message in August or September of the previous year. Better planning next time students.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-01-10 09:40

    And these are the candidates we have to employ in +/- 4 years from now?

      Thands Smallie - 2012-01-10 09:50

      @Sanet if uve studied psychology ull know tht mob psychology is very different from individuals....what u shld actually be hoping fo is mo varsities provided for the people because obviously the demand has spiked.u comment as if implying on hooliganism....i wld rather hire sumone striving to get a decent education than stampeding at a soccer dear child.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-10 10:23

      What one should hope for is that people behave themselves, which used to be a given.

      Judith - 2012-01-10 21:40

      Thands - what language are you writing in...this is not a text messaging site....if you want to be taken seriously with an argument, write like an intellectual

  • Eddie - 2012-01-10 09:41

    Almost as sad as the death of the unfortunate student is the comment by proafrikaans. i am almost embarrassed to be classified in the same race and language group as such a demagogue. To ubhejane I want to say sorry

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-10 09:52


  • Vicki - 2012-01-10 09:43

    My sisters son is on of the people there and was there yesterday aswell. The person that was killed was not stampeded to death but was on of the people trying to climb over the palisade fence and her foot slipped and she was killed on the palisade fence.

      Wall - 2012-01-10 09:59

      Oh wow... News24, you suck.

      Deon - 2012-01-10 10:31

      This is sad but stupid.

  • Dale - 2012-01-10 09:44

    I work at UJ and as far as I know 90% of the places in all of the courses have been filled because the dilligent students that can apply and get into UJ with their Grade 11 results do so in time (Official applications close between Aug and Oct every year) . In fact UJ can only take 15000 first year students and by October last year 80 000 applications were recieved so there is very little chance kids will get in unless they have exceptional Grade 12 results. If they didnt have these results in Grade 11 why would they all of a sudden excel now? Why does UJ then have or cater to open applications? Many staff have been puzzled by this to be honest but basically we have no choice because everyone has the right to education and even if we didnt allow late applications the crowds would come. There needs to be a move from the National Education Department to change people perceptions about University applications and what it takes to be accepted by a university. People who act the way they did this morning and create such tragedy are not the people UJ educate or allow in, they are not the cream of the crop that go on to do make something of themselves and to lead countries, they are the ones who saw education and doing well at school as an after thought. Enough said because trust me I could go on

      Garfield Kgomotso Nthite - 2012-01-10 10:14

      reply to dale or who ever you are, the first thing you should consider is that a life has been lost which is what matter at this point someone out there has lost a child. My condolences to the family that has lost a soul may God be with them.On reply to Dale or who ever you are your thoughts should be with the family first not uj currently we dont care about how many apps uj received or what so ever what we care about right now is that a life has been lost and first thing when u reply is send your condolences on behalf of the school to show that you care. I am so much irritated by your selfishness you so heartless i woundnt be suprised if you are white.

      Mimi Ngqulana - 2012-01-10 10:15

      I think what U forgetting is that your University was out to make a get rich quick scam. Some of those people there did apply but where diclined with grade 11 results and their grade 12 resullts improved and UJ did not make contigency plans to cater for the people who did apply but where declined due to academic requirements instead embarked on another route of taking late applications before closing the book on those who did apply. Has the management at UJ taken note that WITS does not have long lines. U got away with murder last year and stole from the people and dump them like used waste. So before embarking on such a journey of standing up for your employer look around you and send condolences to the learner who wanted to better his/her chances to life and get education and suddendly has lost a mother......! RIP

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:30

      Dear Garfield the loss of life is tragic under any circumstance. Dear Mimi someone needs to be paid to process 80 000 plus application - they are called admin staff. No get rich quick at UJ. There are 15000 spaces and not matter how you cut the cake you cannot fit more people in... by the way the limits are placed by DOE... no distance education offered by UJ because the DOE prevents this.

  • Siyambuka Archibald Sikrweqe - 2012-01-10 09:54

    18 years of Democracy & Anc government has done nothing to increase the number of Tertiary institution!

      Nthabi Ditshego - 2012-01-10 10:00

      There's 4 other UJ campusses in and around Johannesbueg Siya!!!

      Siyambuka Archibald Sikrweqe - 2012-01-10 10:21

      Nthabi that was Wits Tech,Rau & Vista. Anc government didn't build them. They merge them!

  • Zoyisile Big-daddy Mbaba - 2012-01-10 09:55

    this article is mis-informed, the person killed is a mother of one of the queing hopefulls. Get it right next time

  • Steven - 2012-01-10 09:58


  • sidhika.sooklal - 2012-01-10 09:59

    It is LATE APPLICATIONS NOT registration! Please report correctly. People who are queueing are APPLYING to study NOT register.

  • Mendy Sehlapelo - 2012-01-10 10:01

    Total tragedy indeed, can't believe it but already am

  • Richard - 2012-01-10 10:03

    mmmmmm Blade you have a bit blood on your hands now, you allowed this to happen, to busy plundering you budget instead of investing in new universities, but I suppose it is all part of your plan not to educate as an educated person would not vote for you...............

      Judith - 2012-01-10 21:43

      I can't wait until "they" all get educated

  • nceban - 2012-01-10 10:04

    A sad situation indeed. Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Freedom of expression is one of the strengths of our new democracy. Perhaps that is why some of you are using this opportunity to lash at the government. The responsibility of the student and the University's poor administration system seem to have fallen by the way side and the "bad" government is to blame. How pathetic is that trail of thought. I guess in your minds the government of oppression, that denied black people access to descent and quality education was better!! You are an irritating bunch of pessimists that does not deserve to be part of this young and promising democracy. Do us a favor and LEAVE this country. Leave us who remain positive, us who realize that We as individuals, society and business sector have a role to play in improving the systems of this country while you BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. GO!!

      Lana - 2012-01-10 10:09

      Give me the money and means and I am out off here...tommorrow still! Bewarned though, you have to cater for my whole family - that is 15 off us!

  • Jaco - 2012-01-10 10:04


  • Dimo Hlakudi - 2012-01-10 10:06

    Year in and year out UJ continues to be the centre of attention whn it comes to applications and registrations, the sad part is that things seem to be getting from bad to worse. Last year thousands were turned back and this year a person dies. Something needs to be done to address this issue.

  • Dawn - 2012-01-10 10:07

    This is very sad. But do remember that even if you are accepted into university in November last year, you still have to go in and physically register for your courses etc at the beginning of the academic year. This is when students who did not have a place also take a chance to see what courses may be available to them. It has always been the case even when I studied at UJ (RAU) some years ago. The only difference is that there were more options like technikons and training colleges. There is no point blaming the government or these unfortunate kids, or calling them names. We ned to start getting involved in providing solutions, rather than looking on and shaking our heads. UJ can also take some responsibility in this because they are not as diligent with their admin as they used to before they were merged with Wits Tech. This kind of sabotage does not help the goverment to do its work, and it certainly does not help the students who are paying for an education. Lets roll up our sleeves and creat the 'better country' that we say we want!

      Lanfear - 2012-01-11 08:47

      Well said Dawn! Another point is that more young people must be encouraged and supported to study at technikons and enroll for skills development courses. Kadar Asmal was really an idiot when he started merging technikons and small colleges with universities. Not only did it limit options for students, but it also made universities so big and unwieldy that administration and service took a definite nosedive.

  • Ann - 2012-01-10 10:08

    This is totally unacceptable! How can something like this happen?

  • Nthabi Thabang Pooe - 2012-01-10 10:09

    really sad, i hope matrix take this as a lesson learned... apply this year for next year dont wait till after u get ur results to go apply and register!

  • Nosiphom - 2012-01-10 10:11

    How come we never see similar queues at UP Wits, UCT, UWC ? UJ is just doing something wrong. I think they should categorically state that only those who had applied and were put on the waiting list should, if their results so justify, come to the campus to confirm their application. Secondly only after registration should they open for late applications after they know exactly who has registered and therefore know the vacancies they have, and advertise those. Thirdly when they advertise, they should open the applications on different days for different courses. Right now people go there not even sure what courses are still available, hence the mess.

      ferialm - 2012-01-10 10:31

      because the other universities say " we take the best and to hell with the rest "

      Wall - 2012-01-10 10:38

      @Nosiphom, that sounds like a very good suggestion. Perhaps you should somehow send it to someone at UJ to consider?

  • johnkk - 2012-01-10 10:11

    I am not fully aware of the university application process, but what I do note is the following: 1) A huge need and desire for an education once matriculated. 2) A lack of communication between the Depart of Education, The universities and the schools 3) If the application process starts in Grade 11, then there could be a lack of discipline in terms of students making a conscious effort to understand the process 4) A clear lack of information being transferred to the students at school level 5) A huge shortage of tertiary education facilities. Other than point No.3, all these responsibilities are those of the Dept of Education AKA The government !!!! IF, and I say IF, education is such a priority to the current South African government why is there such huge failure in our education system, when it comes to school and tertiary education. The govt have got various mediums of media in which to motivate and educate the public. I once again see that there is no political will to INSPIRE and EXECUTE education among South African citizens. There is however a lot of TALK and FALSE promises. The time for trial and error is over, vote for your future and do not vote for the past !!!!! PS: If it is true that this lady died due to the fact that she was trying to climb over a pallisade fence, THEN News24, should get there facts right and not report an article that is very misleading.

  • mark.p.vrdoljak - 2012-01-10 10:12

    This just goes to show how much they boosted (aligned to the bell curve) the matric marks. People who never prepared to go to university cause they knew their marks weren't good enough all of a sudden have exemption! The university is not to blame in this situation, it is a well run and organised registration process year after year but off course the adjustments and laziness on the students part has lead to this situation. It costs like a R200 for the initial process. So do they realy have an excuse?

  • smahlaba - 2012-01-10 10:15

    Shame man. May she rest in peace. UJ needs to do something about this. Change the registration process some how.

      Deon - 2012-01-10 10:29

      Registration was done already up to October 2011 if I am not mistaken. These are late applications. Students should plan better or apply now for 2013.

      smahlaba - 2012-01-10 10:34

      It's difficult to get a place at the university of your choice and actually study what you want. Poor students got their matric results late and based on the results rush to whatever school suits them.

      Wall - 2012-01-10 10:53

      @Sifiso do you mean "poor" as in , "aaaw, the poor students," or economically poor? Because all students got their results at the same time, regardless of their financial circumstances. It's just as difficult for all students to get a place in university and study what they want - in fact, universities have quota systems in place for many (if not all) courses that have limited space, in order to give the previously disadvantaged students more opportunities than the rest. I'd rather say the problem lies with a lack of information in schools about universities and the registration process, and in some cases, with learners who did not work hard enough in grade 11, felt they could not apply for university, and now did better in matric and suddenly want to apply.