The current status of Tshwane University of Technology student strike

2014-09-16 12:49

I must say that I am extremely worried about the consequences that may rise if negotiations between the TUT management and the Central Students Representative Council do not commerce with immediate effect .

The strike which began a week ago might lead to the evictions of students from their residence as that has been the norm for the management in the past 3 years. Whenever the strike arises and things turn violent, students are showed the exit gates by the bouncers and Mafoko security.

The majority of the students enrolled at the institution are financially disadvantaged and mostly come from the deep impoverished villages.

It is in this point of departure that I find it unfair that students will be evicted from their residences. The students's representative and the university management must sit down and come up with an agreement of how are they going sort things out. The main issue is the National Students Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) incompetence. so the office of Blade Nzimande must intervene. The SRC outgoing president confirmed in an interview he had in Power FM with Lawrence Tlhabane on the 15th of September that the TUT management signed an amount of more than R90 000 000 back to NSFAS. 

If that is the case how can that be done while there are students who have outstanding fees from the previous years, with thousands of students who are financial deserving also outlined.

The university need to be clear on how they locate funds for students, it must make it clear from the beginning of the year. It is stressful to study not knowing if ever your studies will be financed or not.

The institution they have published on their site that classes are resuming on the 17th in all TUT campus. On the other hand  the student' s council says that classes will only resume when they say so.

In this case whom will student listen to? Of course they will listen to their leaders...

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