Expelled med student to return to Cuba

2013-04-17 09:37

East London - An Eastern Cape medical student who was expelled from an exchange programme between South Africa and Cuba has been given a second chance, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

Lindani Magade was among 12 medical students expelled from the programme over strike action earlier this year.

The students returned to South Africa in February after demanding better meals and a 300% increase in their R1 600 monthly stipend.

Last week, one of two expelled KwaZulu-Natal medical students was also given a second chance.

According to the Dispatch, Eastern Cape health MEC Sicelo Gqobana has said there would be no change to the stipend, and that the students were expected to behave themselves when they returned.

Gqobana said Magade had been mistaken for a KwaZulu-Natal student who was at the forefront of the strike.

This was realised after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi had a one-on-one with the students.

"After the students returned from Cuba we were instructed not to communicate with them because they embarrassed the country," Gqobana was quoted as saying.

"However, the minister had a meeting with one of the students from Limpopo and after that he decided to have meetings individually with all of them to hear their stories."

Motsoaledi reportedly negotiated with Cuban officials to allow some of the expelled students back.

  • Garth Baldwin - 2013-04-17 09:54

    could they not have sent an appreciative person back in his place?? seriously where is the logic in all this!!

      Thabani Dube - 2013-04-17 10:16

      Its ok to be given a second chance because it once happened to me when I decided to run away from an Army cadet training when the going got tough. I later assessed and realised what an opportunity I will miss. I went back apologised, got punished and completed my training. 4 years down the line I graduated with an engineering certificate, thanks to the Army.

      bearpup - 2013-04-17 14:00

      Congrats Thabani! Lets hope those who are sent back know the error of their ways.

      Garth Baldwin - 2013-04-17 17:51

      my point still stands.. there is a massive group of people who would love this opportunity. why should their deserving dreams be squashed in favor of this ungrateful waste of a person?? in life you learn to grab every opportunity you get with both hands. I put myself through university by doing some very degrading jobs just to scrape through financially, no one helped me. I grabbed every opportunity I could along the way. I feel that there are others far more deserving than this twit ...

  • Kev Roy - 2013-04-17 10:06

    Who cares kick them all out and let someone who actually appreciates the oppertunity take over.

  • Peter Neil - 2013-04-17 10:08

    South African antics, expecting hand outs and enriching oneself forever with hands held out stretched only works in South Africa and the rest of the world will not tolerate this "africa sickness" of ours and yes, it is embarrassing to say the least.

  • Theo Sauls - 2013-04-17 10:18

    Fofree.............Serious some people would give a left arm for that opportunity.

  • Peter Fineberg - 2013-04-17 10:20

    This is so embarrassing for our country. You can see where they get the striking idea from? wont be tolerated in other countries. such a shame, given a hand, take the arm.

  • Greg Martin - 2013-04-17 10:20

    These students should not have been given an opportunity to go back based on the way they behaved. Instead of dealing with the problem through the proper channels they ran away and embarrassed the South African medical profession. On completion of their studies they should be made to go and work in the rural areas where doctors are badly needed and they can learn to understand what being a doctor is all about, these communities will show them what its like to appreciated something you didn't have before before

  • Lindelani Ndlovu - 2013-04-17 10:22

    Greedy bastards! they seemingly have learnt from the best...their masters!!!

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-04-17 10:27

    Did Minister Motsoaledi, as encouragement, included a few bags of maize meal to prevent a recurrence of the problem.

  • Punungwe - 2013-04-17 10:29

    How can you strike over a donation?!!!

  • Duits - 2013-04-17 10:33

    How damn childish and other people have missed out on an opportunity who would have made great doctors! Ungrateful bunch!

  • Duits - 2013-04-17 10:34

    God help those who lie on an operating table with them in theater, will they also run away when they don't get their own way and let patients die?

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2013-04-17 10:37

    Ungrateful and delinquent juveniles.

  • Forward Mugayi - 2013-04-17 10:40

    Their laugage musts comprise of extra mealie meal they were missing pap and putu

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-04-17 10:48

    Free tertiary education and no appreciation for the opportunity afforded. On top of that you bring disgrace to South Africans. Bring them back and send others in their place.

  • Anton Bischoff - 2013-04-17 10:51

    How much this cost the tax payer

  • Thabani Dube - 2013-04-17 10:51

    People should understand that living and training in Cuba is not a child's play. Be prepaired to work like a slave, be indoctrinated with communism, diverse culture/food and above all this is no First or Second World Country.

      Thabani Dube - 2013-04-17 11:06

      Jamba extreme poverty will make you live and eat with pigs.

      PB - 2013-04-17 11:10

      They are there to study, not to be entertained. They knew going in that it is a totally different culture and that they were not back home being molly coddled.

      Mark Kitule - 2013-04-17 19:35

      Will more money make it a first world or capitalist Country? really? The wise thing is the one to come back

  • Celeste de Lange - 2013-04-17 10:55


  • Jack Kukard - 2013-04-17 10:55

    Typical , we demand.....

  • Mphumzi Sizani - 2013-04-17 11:00

    well done i hope they will communicate better now...this was just a communication breakdown...we need these doctors..

      Anton Bischoff - 2013-04-17 11:03


  • Deon Louw - 2013-04-17 11:21

    It cost the tax payers a lot of money and as far as I remember less than 50% passes. Not a good plan to get more doctors. Rather enlarge the local universities medical divissions.

      Anton Bischoff - 2013-04-17 11:36

      and allow students that realy qualifies during their matric exams to study. Knew a student that didn't got entry to the medical faculty at first and eventualy got entry, now in her final year and passed from 1st year cum laude. Strange that their are so many students that real wants to become docters but don't get entry

      Andrea Thompson - 2013-04-17 14:17

      A good plan to get more doctors as you put it would be to invest in their future. We don't have a surplus of doctors so let's encourage and foster the development of the health sector. They made it as far as being selected to partake in the programme so they had to have been chosen on merit- or worse still no one else was interested in going. Perhaps those uncited statistics of yours apply to students in general, but you can't correlate the two. One can't compare apples to oranges in this regard.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-04-17 11:45

    No, the country embaressed these students with a ridiculous stipend of R1600. How do they expect to fill vacant posts in the future if they tempt people with a business trip to Cuba and peanuts. They could have obtained a better stipend in the form of a rural allowance in this country.

      Deon Louw - 2013-04-17 12:23

      Students should study and not get fat from donations. Thousands of other students gets no help from the state, what make these students special? Nothing.

      PB - 2013-04-17 15:53

      Andrea, what makes these students so deserving of even more than they were already getting? Might it be because they are (most likely)black? Are there any local students who are getting ANYTHING for free?

  • Cathy Cooper van Vollenstee - 2013-04-17 12:30

    Why give them a second chance! There are so many out there who would be so grateful for the opportunity to study! Give them the opportunity! These ungrateful "here I stand with my greedy little paws extended for more freebies" should have to pay back every cent wasted on them!

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-04-17 13:10

    This is the thanks they give when given a chance to uplift themselves, todays youth nothing but a bunch of lazy I demands. I demand I demand I demand, believe its the entitlment....must be a new disease similar to the cancer. One steals and the other Demands. What are we wasting our time with, spoilt brats that need their backsides whipped. Rather give somebody a chance that will be grateful. Ungrateful lazy demanding nincompoop.

  • Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 15:12

    Geeze I wish I could study, for free would be better... spoilt brats.

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