Queues forming outside UJ again

2012-01-11 09:28

Johannesburg - A group of student hopefuls converged outside the University of Johannesburg again on Wednesday morning, a day after a stampede left one person dead and several injured.

"About 200 students are queuing up at the entrance of the university," said Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He said metro police officers were on the scene to control the situation.

"We advise motorists to avoid Annet Road between Enoch Sontonga Avenue and Owl street," he said.
"Our officers are directing the traffic and everything is under control at this stage."

3 people still in hospital

A woman was killed and 22 people were injured when a stampede broke out at the university on Tuesday morning.

Three people critically injured in the stampede were still in hospital on Wednesday morning, an official said.

"They are still in two different hospitals, but at this stage I cannot reveal their conditions," said Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe.

One of the injured was at Garden City hospital and the others were in Milpark hospital, Radebe said.

She said 17 other people injured in the stampede, had since been discharged from hospital.

Several others were treated on the scene, but were not taken to hospital.

The woman, identified by newspapers as Gloria Sekwena, died while standing in a queue to get into the campus and help her son Kgositsile through the application process.

Late applications closed

The University of Johannesburg reiterated on Wednesday that late applications for first-year study were closed.

"The university is not taking late applications," registrar Prof Marie Muller said in a statement on Wednesday.

The only people who would be allowed entry to the university were those who had applied last year and had been conditionally admitted, subject to space and their matric results.

"Now they will hand in their matric results to see if there is a space available."

The university processed close to 85 300 applications in 2011 for this year's studies. This was higher than the 65 000 applications processed for the 2011 intake.

It can take only 11 000 under-graduate first-year students this year.

It had conditionally admitted 17 000 applicants for first year subject to their final results and space in their chosen programmes.

  • Clementine - 2012-01-11 09:39

    This is the time vele to be dealing with processing final stages for those that applied lasty yr, u dont hv such a letter, pls go home

  • Blade - 2012-01-11 09:39

    I wonder how many universities the ANC could have built with the 70 billion that was "spent" on the arms deal?

      Herman - 2012-01-11 09:52

      The only thing the anc can do is steal and dissolve, there is and never will be any "building ideas" realised while they rule us.

      Elaine - 2012-01-11 10:00

      OR the soccer stadiums that no one uses OR for matter the ANC's birthday bash?

      Jean-Louis - 2012-01-11 10:42

      No no no - don't use that as an excuse !!! SA need the submarines more than these stupid varsities !!!!

  • Bryan - 2012-01-11 09:40

    Why so many late registrations? Do people seriously wake up in the morning and say, "Oh, I feel like going to university." If education is so important to you. Apply on time!

      Elaine - 2012-01-11 10:03

      There should not be 'on the spot' counselling either. Imagine deciding on your future career at the application desk? What kind of a choice is that? You may as well thumb suck old anything!

      Bryan - 2012-01-11 10:07

      Being late does not only apply to registration. You should see the actual lectures. 30 minutes into Mathematics 1A and a student would meander in, put his/her books down and say. "What did I miss?"

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 09:40

    Only let those in that applied earlier / in 2011.

  • Herman - 2012-01-11 09:40

    Eish, is there NO way of informing these people that they are just to late?

  • Nitronic - 2012-01-11 09:42

    oh dear here we go again!!!!

  • Nitronic - 2012-01-11 09:46

    they should asked each applicant the same question before letting them in like "what do you want to study"? And if the answers begin with " uhhhh" or "eeeh" or "eish" or "Come again", then they should kicked those under their butts and tell them better luck next year!!!!

  • Nitronic - 2012-01-11 09:53

    each applicant should be asked the same question "what do you want to study"? Then if the answers start with "uuuhhh" , "eeeh" , "eish" , "come gain" or "I don't know" then those ones should be shown the road and told better luck next year". And that will be like 90% of the applicants

  • Jason - 2012-01-11 10:02

    What part of we are not open for late registrations do these idiots understand - and this is the futire of our Country - not good!!

  • madsipho - 2012-01-11 10:15

    I blame the government, 35% Pass rate is pathetic for these kids to qualify for varsities....We have more universities but government is pushing these kids out of the school, then after they say: it is not our(government's) problem once they're out of school. BUNCH OF MORONS!

      Bryan - 2012-01-11 10:18

      35% qualifies you for a Matric Certificate not university entrance. If the percentage was any higher, I guarantee you that there will be alot of individuals celebrating their 21st birthday in the tuck shop line.

      Elize - 2012-01-11 12:10

      I absolutely agree with you 100%, in my day's you had to have 50% just to pass your year at school, not to mention the marks you had to get in matrick to be able to go to university. Goverment 100% to blame!!

      madsipho - 2012-01-11 15:01

      @Bryan, sorry man I meant qualifies, anyway thanks...

  • Paul - 2012-01-11 10:19

    Catch22; you can't get anywhere if you don't study- you can't study here. It's not stupidity or foolishness, just desperate people hoping to get into further education and hoping for a spot. The schools should include this in their curriculum perhaps and in response to the last debacle the uni should put up signage.

  • mmokoatle - 2012-01-11 10:20

    "About 200 students are queuing up at the entrance of the university," said Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar" "The only people who would be allowed entry to the university were those who had applied last year and had been conditionally admitted, subject to space and their matric results. "Now they will hand in their matric results to see if there is a space available." I guess these parts of the article says only the few relevant people are at the university today!

  • Hannetjie - 2012-01-11 10:23

    By now the UJ university should know what to expect at this time of year and they should plan accordingly. Also, matriculants should be advised beforehand what faculties still have openings after the initial 1st years' have been accepted and only students who want to register for those courses should get access to come and register late. The fact that UJ received over 85000 applications and only have space for 11000 1st year students point to the fact that the Tertiary Institutions are not nearly adequate for students who want to further their studies.

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 10:29

    R70 Billion arms deal, R100 Million Party, R80 Billion lost CORRUPTION,etc. Take all this, and see how many Universaties could have been build??? South Africa WAKE UP!!!! these ppl are not interested in YOU!!! only what they can steal!!! Corruption in S.A. is at 80% !!!!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 10:46

    Come on Blade , do your job ?

  • Rob - 2012-01-11 11:01

    85,000 applicants 11,000 admissions I have heard that the first year drop-out rate is more than 60% And then a 40% pass mark Why bother, just had out certificates of attendance at registration. After a 4-5 years working at anything anyone with potential will have learnt about self reliance and should have lost some of the entitlement mentality and can try again

      Elize - 2012-01-11 12:13

      My daughter studied at UJ and it is absolutely true in the first 6 months 60% of the students just don't make it and do you blame them with a matrick pass of only 35% needed, university is certainly NOT high school.

      Wikus - 2012-01-11 12:14

      50% is a pass Rob... Just saying. If you want to go post-grad 50% wont get you in.

      Arthur - 2012-01-11 14:41

      @ Elize , I agree that the pass rate is low, However this was also the case in 1999, when I studied at RAU, I remember in my first lecture we told by the Prof. that 60 % of us would drop out within six months. He also told us how many will complete our BCOM and boy was he right. We used to call it the Pick Six

  • Bryan - 2012-01-11 11:04

    Typical of the youth mentality.., you did not qualify to get into a tertiary institute because your marks were crap! Get over yourseleves and go and do something constructive instead of disrupting the system!!

  • Tshegofatso - 2012-01-11 11:10

    What about People transferring from other varsities, senior students to be exact? any info on that info would be really helpful

  • pieterengelbrecht01 - 2012-01-11 11:11

    we just dont lean from our prevous mistakes ,mabe ther mus die more people and then they can say it is the strugle,I recon it must be a strugle to do something like that and the next day we are back for more,dont fight the people,fight the system,those one who sit in a aircon oficces and doing noting about the curent problem

  • Tshegofatso - 2012-01-11 11:22

    what about students transferring from other universities??? how will they be assisted in this situation??? does anyone have any information on that (application for senior students from other tertiary institutions)

  • Kirsten - 2012-01-11 11:29

    I feel the responsibilty lies on UJ staff as no one took the inciative to create order with the huge amounts of peopel. If someone had indicated or put people in various catogries to line up this death could have been prevemted

  • Elize - 2012-01-11 12:18

    What I don't understand is my daughter had to apply to UJ in her grade 11 year and she also had to know what she was going to study, she got given provisional approval from UJ on condition that her matric results would meet the standard for the profession she wanted to study. Does this not apply to everybody, she was told if she didn't apply in her grade 11 year she shouldn't even bother to pitch up at the university.

      Michelle - 2012-01-11 12:48

      Elize that is most probably the case ~ the problem is that there are some people in this world who think these stipulations don't apply to them and will push, push, push (figuratively and literally) to get what they want and if that doesn't work THEN they will strike, destroy property and protest - just because THEY did not feel like following the correct course of action to begin with - aaarrgghhh

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