EFFSC wants UKZN to allow some in-person registrations

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The EFF Student Command (EFFSC) has written to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), through its lawyers, asking the institution to drop its strictly online registration policy.

The EFFSC at UKZN’s Westville campus say the policy is discriminatory to students without an Internet connection at their homes.

The university contends that the decision is a public health measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 on its campuses.

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At the weekend, the command wrote on its Facebook page, urging applicants to bring their parents to the university to register.

In response, UKZN, through its lawyers, threatened it with a high court interdict and asked for the posts to be removed.

“Should the unlawful Facebook posts not be retracted, and students arrive at our client’s Westville campus tomorrow, January 24, our client reserves its right to institute civil proceedings in the form of a high court interdict on an urgent basis, interdicting the unlawful call for students to attend our client’s Westville campus for 2022 registrations,” reads the letter.

In the letter the university also states that there are multiple tutorial videos explaining the online registration process to applicants.

The EFFSC has responded by saying they are looking out for the best interests of applicants who do not have an Internet connection or computers in their homes.

“To request that all students register online, without the university providing some sort of platform for the students to be able to access the online portal at the university will greatly affect their ability to register for the 2022 academic year.”
EFFSC letter

The student command also asked that the university makes an exception for applicants without means to register online.

UKZN had not responded to queries by The Witness at the time of publication.

EFF student command UKZN Westville branch chairperson, Wandile Majozi, also accused the university of intimidating them with a court interdict.

“At the moment there are a lot of problems with registrations and it is very hard for students to sort these out at home by themselves, they need to be here and be able to speak directly to relevant people,” he said.

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