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UJ students suspended over protests

2014-01-28 14:46

Johannesburg - Twenty students have been suspended following protests at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) over a shortage of funds from the National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS), the institution said on Tuesday.

"Registered students have been suspended pending disciplinary action and/or criminal charges being brought against them," the university said in a statement.

Students not yet registered and who were part of the protests had been charged with criminal behaviour, the university said.

The UJ said the students disrupted administrative and registration activities.

"The university respects the right of students to protest peacefully, as long as academic and administrative activities are not disrupted and the safety of students and staff is not placed in jeopardy."

Universities were hit by protests on Monday over the shortfalls of the scheme.

Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal also experienced disruptions as a result of the protests.

About 100 students protested outside the UJ's Kingsway campus.

Calls for mass protests

The SA Students Congress (Sasco) on Sunday called for mass student protests over the shortages.

"No registration at the universities until all students are given equal opportunities," Sasco president Ntuthuko Makhombothi told reporters in Johannesburg.

Makhombothi said the lack of funds prohibited poor prospective students from gaining access to higher learning.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, deputy vice chancellor: internationalisation, student affairs and institutional advancement at UJ, said universities administered funds according to NSFAS guidelines on behalf of NSFAS.

"Unfortunately, it goes without saying that universities can only allocate funds which they received from NSFAS," Maluleke said.

"In this case, UJ did not receive sufficient funds to assist all students who qualify for NSFAS funding. We understand the students' concern and recognise their problem.

Comments
  • Rita Phillipson - 2014-01-28 15:07

    This is a direct result of lowering the school pass mark. The truth is these students DO NOT have an adequate pass for university entrance - NO MATTER what the minister of education says. Uni's have space for +80,000 students and 300,000 want to apply countrywide.

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-28 15:26

      The SAPS should have shot them

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-28 16:20

      Why are they taking out their frustration on UJ they are not the funders and to hear their logic people who have funds cannot register if those without funds cannot register , the logic ? what if some parent saved for years to send their child to varsity , one could take this further you cannot buy a new car if i don't have funds to buy one , this spokesperson needs to go back to school and learn logic ,

      Harry Smith - 2014-01-28 19:12

      You are quite right Rita. A university education is a privilege not a right and South Africa will never be able to compete on an international scale if they continue to lower their standards of education. In the top universities in the first world you will not get access to a course unless you marks meet the minimum to the exact percent. The government believes they are helping these students but in fact they are just setting them up for failure.

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-01-29 08:45

      Protesting is fine. Violence and intimidating other students and lecturers - shocking ANC-like tactics. Lock them up and suspend them. Let's see how they get a good job with a criminal record now. Where are all the universities that the ANC was going to build? ANC - wasting tax money since 1994.

  • Grant Montgomery - 2014-01-28 15:14

    No response from Blade Nzimannde yet? I would have thought that the minister of higher education would take charge here.

      Mashai Joannes - 2014-01-28 15:43

      Come to think of it as a political decision not to plan the allocation of funds according to the number of matriculants who qualifies for tertiary education.now they r sending sasco which is aligned to the ancyl to negotiate the release of funds to the needy students so that they cn take the credit and win the looming src elexions in most of the south african universities and thus boosting the anc the much needed youth votes whch according to many surveys has diverted to the EFF.WE ALL KNOW HOW OUTSPOKEN IS THE MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION.MY QUESTION Y IS NZIMANDE QUITE ON THIS URGENT MATTER(THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, HE HAS DELEGATED SASCO TO DO HIS BIDDING).

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-01-29 08:46

      Don't hold your breath. Garbage ANC leadership couldn't care less.

  • Frans Makhwiting - 2014-01-28 15:16

    lets pay back, we beneficiaries who are now working we must pay back, there is no way nsfas can run while we working and not paying back...is us as south African to ensure that coming generation also benefit from scheme..even though the interest are high but then lets pay back

  • Nigel Vos - 2014-01-28 15:17

    Having the opportunity to study at a tertiary institution is a privilege, not a right. The time has come to ban these troublemakers from all tertiary institutions for a few years until they learn the rules of a civilized society and understand that destroying property and interfering with other students who only want to grab the opportunity and make the best of it is Neanderthal barbaric behavior. Get part time jobs and borrow money to pay as I had to to enable me to achieve anything.

      Harry Smith - 2014-01-28 22:23

      Well done to you Nigel. I fully agree with what you. I worked and studied part-time in South Africa to get my degree with a young family. It was tough but I really appreciate it and it has made a huge difference in mine and families life. Now that I live in North America I am doing the same to keep my qualification relevant. The difference I have noticed here is that most students pay for their own studies, one way or another, not mommy and daddy and not the state. Students realize how having that degree is going to impact their future and so they are willing to work hard for it.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-29 07:55

      On my way to site one of my staff heard on the radio about the protests at UJ his comment was its South Africa they want everything for free

  • Vhutshilo Mudau - 2014-01-28 15:42

    UJ, TUT has this culture of students striking. All universities are facing funds shortage but students are not striking. You were left out because u ddnt apply on tine or failed something.

      Christopher Mashige - 2014-01-28 16:04

      Wat abt students at UL Turf? Are they left out cos they ddnt apply on time , kana navho vho feila ? Vhutshilo

      Stacey WhIte - 2014-01-28 16:07

      U really know nothing on why dos students strike Vhutshilo.. How wld u feel passed above 70% nd da nsfas results say u not admitted cos of "lack of funding" I saw da Nsfas data of my skul... UJ u got no idea..

      Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2014-01-28 17:14

      the fund just dried up. weather you academicaly qualify for it. you might not get it or call Zuma to come sort you out. ur voice is ur vote. dont ignore coz you will be ignored where is matter most.

      Anton Dekker - 2014-01-28 22:11

      I really hope that none of the participants in this conversation are university students, because not a single one of you can construct a proper sentence nor have any idea about proper spelling. The most basic language skills taught in primary school. And please don’t use the excuse that English is not your first language, it also isn't my home language, yet I learned how to communicate properly! If this is the standard of the people that demands funding for tertiary education, then this country is indeed in dire straits! A university education is a privileged, not a right. A university education should be the realm of those who have the intellectual ability to help make this country internationally competitive. To be part of that exclusive group of leaders in this country, you should at least have the ability to write a sentence in such a way that the reader have some idea as to what you are trying to say!

  • Riaan Robbeson - 2014-01-28 16:02

    FOR PETE'S SAKE. Get it right!!! Quiet is when there is no noise. Quite is synonymous for considerably. For example. Because Ndzimande is not speaking, he is keeping quiet. His approach to these issues is therefore quite like our President on many other important issues.

      Anthony Michael Blazeby - 2014-01-28 18:06

      like a new pool at his compound ?

  • Vernon Collins - 2014-01-28 16:45

    Break down, burn, intimidate, etc, until nothing is left. Not too long before you lot sit, waiting for UN food aid.

  • Last Head - 2014-01-28 16:54

    If Self Destruction is our Goal, then we deserve an "A+".

  • Eugenio Lopes - 2014-01-28 17:13

    Why does the government not start a few public Universities (3x?)such as many developing countries which by the way some are very successful. This ensure that poorer but potentially brilliant students can be developed. They will not do this because they know that they will just stuff it all up.

  • Bastille French - 2014-01-28 18:16

    Foreigners are getting into our university. Our universities are busy begging foreigners to come to our country, and take our spaces. It is absurd, this is treason. Empowering foreigners, while we languish on the margins of society. South africa is for south africans,

      nakitalee.denobrega - 2014-01-28 19:34

      Before you call it treason please realize that international students, or foreigners as you call it pay to be there. So before you talk about margins, remember the facts that they pay to be there. You want to speak about equal rights, then stop being prejudice against foreigners who pay.

      Jaco Terblanche - 2014-01-28 21:09

      Eish whena IT is South Africans burning down and breaking down RSA. Less corrupt politicians will prevent poverty, or is that one to difficult for a "matric" pupil to understand

      Heibrin Venter - 2014-01-29 09:43

      @Bastille French: Rich, complaining about foreigners, with a name like yours...

      Janine Filmer - 2014-01-29 10:07

      Foreign students pay well for the opportunity to study at our universities. If they all get chased away because of these undisciplined so-called students, there will be even less money for the universities.

  • nakitalee.denobrega - 2014-01-28 19:38

    Students should be striking by the union building and not the universities because that's where the universities wait for the money to come from.

  • nakitalee.denobrega - 2014-01-28 19:38

    Students should be striking by the union building and not the universities because that's where the universities wait for the money to come from.

  • nakitalee.denobrega - 2014-01-28 19:38

    Students should be striking by the union building and not the universities because that's where the universities wait for the money to come from.

  • Jaco Terblanche - 2014-01-28 21:03

    LIKE Vavi said "we are going to burn burn burn". Eish man why can't Africa "build build build" if every thing is burnt down, what then?. Then the Chinese will come and build it and steal it all Way from the Africans because they will be so hush blaming apartheid that they won't realize the Chinese cheating them

  • Hugo Van Den Dool - 2014-01-28 21:35

    ohh awesome, while you have a mass stay away ill tell all my buddies in register in your places :)

  • Anton Dekker - 2014-01-28 22:20

    Why is it always at the same universities where these scenes of uncontrolled violence and destruction takes place. The University of Johannesburg, and to a lesser extend at the Tswane University of Technology. You never see these scenes at Wits, Tuks, UCT or Maties. Always UJ and TUT! Every year the same thing. Shouldn't these institutions re-examine there systems, marketing, security and admission policies. Something has to be done. When people are dying on the front steps of our universities, every year, repeatedly, for the same reasons, then something is drastically wrong!

  • Zubeida Mahomed - 2014-01-29 09:41

    Nothing for free.... My son is at UJ... 2nd year...My husband has worked hard and saved over the years towards his University fees.

      Janine Filmer - 2014-01-29 10:08

      I wish you son good luck in his studies.

  • Rob Tubbs - 2014-01-29 18:52

    Why do these little 'pricks' think that the world owes them something. Their behaviour shows already what 'wasters' they are now and will always be...

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