Walter Sisulu University students embark on a strike


Students at the Walter Sisulu University’s Buffalo City campus in East London on Wednesday embarked on a protest over a number of grievances, including student funding.

The students held a mass meeting on Tuesday afternoon and came to a decision to halt classes as of Wednesday morning until the management responds to their grievances.

Chief among these grievances is the ongoing issue of funding as students, whose debts could not be cleared by the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), were not being allowed to register for the new semester.

“We must shut down the campus in order for our demands to be met,” Buffalo City Student Representative Council (SRC) President, Misheck Mugabe, is quoted as having said in the meeting.

The Walter Sisulu University’s Communications office had not responded to questions at the time of publishing.

In January this year, similar disruptions occurred during the registration period as students highlighted their inability to pay their 2014 debts as is required by the University to enable them to register for the new academic year.

Students also expressed concerns about the shortfall received from NSFAS and how students have accumulated debts and, as a result, are unable to register. They also expressed concerns about the limited funding made available for 1st years.

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