Fort Hare students left stranded, blame management

2015-10-27 13:02
Students carry out a peaceful protest at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. (News24)

Students carry out a peaceful protest at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. (News24)

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Durban – The University of Fort Hare SRC has accused the Eastern Cape institution’s management of making false promises to students.

The DA-led SRC has claimed that university management "went back on their word" after promising to transport students to the office of the Eastern Cape premier.

But the university said the matter would be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

SRC head Busisiwe Mashiqa said students had planned to demonstrate at the premier's office, calling him out on a promise of R5.2m which was made just days before the last elections.

"The money was meant to be used to fund first-year students. This money was pledged and we had planned to go there and remind the premier that we were promised something," Mashiga told News24 on Tuesday.

But by Monday, students received a message from Vice-Chancellor Tom Mvuyo, saying the presidency had made plans to address the debt of students.

"There is, therefore, no action that will prevent students from registering next year, even if they are in debt now. This covers students who were unfunded in 2015 and those who fall in the 2013/2014 academic years.

"There is, therefore, no need to march to Bhiso... or stage any protest action regarding these [issues]."

Mashiqa said the university had gone back on its word and sabotaged students.

"During negotiations last week, we were promised something. The frustration of students is understandable. They became unruly after we were told there was no transport. University management have gone back on their word."

University spokesperson Zintle Filtane said there was a meeting scheduled between the SRC and the university at 14:00 on Tuesday.

"I will speak to you after that."

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