Students at the Esayidi TVET College in Port Shepstone said they were left stranded with no place to stay after the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allegedly failed to pay their housing and food allowances.
A student at the Gamalakhe campus, who did not want to be named, said she was chased away by her landlord because she did not have money to pay rent. “I am also in debt because I owe my landlord rent for last month and the month before,” she said. “... We use the allowance to buy groceries and other necessities. Some of us come from struggling backgrounds and we rely on the allowance for school.”
Students said they would protest until every deserving student received their allowance from NSFAS.