Struggling Walter Sisulu University splashes R108 000 on lavish 'cultural day' party

OCTOBER 13, 2015


A shocking R108 000 was spent on a lavish party at the struggling Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in Butterworth under the guise of a 'cultural day' that was aimed at promoting cultural diversity at the institution. Revellers were dined on expensive alcohol and buffets.

This was revealed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday.

"In reality, students at WSU were left to contend with crumbling infrastructure, lack of accommodation and exorbitant tuition fees. 

"Students suffer academically under these tough conditions and struggle to obtain NSFAS bursaries while campus staff works without telephone lines and furniture," the party's Shadow Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Yusuf Cassim.

"The DA believes that tertiary institutions must be places of opportunity and educational excellence for all South Africans. 

"In light of this, I will write to Minister Blade Nzimande requesting an immediate investigation into this irresponsible behaviour and to deliver a full report on his findings to Parliament."

Cassim said that institutions of higher education must play a central role in developing young people into active participants in the economy who can help build a better tomorrow for South Africa.

"The DA will not stand by while this role is undermined. We cannot allow our universities to fail those who study at them."