DUT Students Strikes over NSFAS’ incompetent system

SAPS outside DUT Steve Biko Campus

Durban University of Technology students staged a protest against the incompetence of National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) system called Sbux.

The Students Representative Council president, Sesiyanda Godlimpi led the protest that erupted across all the university’s Durban based campuses.

Godlimpi read the memorandum in the presence of the Vice Chancellor and Principal Professor Thandwa Mthembu and hundreds of students.

Students demanded that the Library should be open for a period of 24hours, Sbux allowances be deposited in students personal accounts and that the institution must allow students to register even though they are owing.

The president said the NSFAS system is undermining the ability of students to carry on with their academic programme.

“We are drowning in the pool of poverty,” Godlimpi said.

He also said students must be allowed to buy food from any retailers of their preference.

After having presented the memorandum to Mthembu, the management released a statement encouraging and advising protesting students to dissuade from threatening staff and students who are not protesting.

“As this is illegal,” the statement stated.

It also stated that DUT has not been shut down, despites what the student protesters are claiming on social media.

Students awaits the outcome of the meeting between the management and the SRC that was scheduled for midday as per the statement.

By Mndaba Lindelani and Thandeka Hlongwa


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