Walter Sisulu University’s R108 000 party splurge 'justified'

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - OCTOBER 14, 2015

The Walter Sisulu University (WSU), through spokesperson, Thando Cezula, on Wednesday confirmed that more than R100 000 was indeed spent by the university on its Cultural Day celebrations – but maintained that the amount was justified.

This is as the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it would “write to Minister Blade Nzimande requesting an immediate investigation into this irresponsible behaviour and to deliver a full report on his findings to Parliament”.

The spending on the party happens less than four months after students at the Walter Sisulu University’s Buffalo City campus in East London embarked on a protest over a number of grievances, including student funding.

However, Cezula justified the money spent on the event, saying that the amount was reasonable.

“This was economical when compared with the extensive cultural value gained by the university. The initiative did well in building and promoting social cohesion amongst the student body,” Cezula told RNews.

According to the DA, the event, which took place at the university’s Butterworth campus, saw revellers dining expensive alcohol and buffets.

But Cezula said that, more than anything, the initiative was to build a relationship between the Butterworth community and WSU.

“This was a student development programme aimed at not only celebrating and promoting the cultural diversity of WSU students, but also at fostering relations with the Butterworth community in getting the WSU brand to the community,” he said.