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Sev­eral high-rank­ing Swazi­land Chris­tian Med­i­cal Univer­sity per­son­nel as well as those from the board said they had been banned from speak­ing to the me­dia.

Some, with­out stat­ing who banned them, said they could no longer speak to any jour­nal­ist, in con­spir­a­tory tones.

The stu­dents say the cut in the book al­lowance makes it im­pos­si­ble for them to get the nec­es­sary books and stationery as the E2 000 only en­ables them to pur­chase one book yet they had more cour­ses which also need books.

They said they used to get a book al­lowance of E6 900.

They also com­plain of the cut in the uni­form al­lowance as they say it will not be enough to cater for their full uni­form.

With re­gards to the univer­sity the stu­dents felt the SCU was bet­ter than theirs as they lament that there are a num­ber of short­ages on learn­ing equip- ment in at SANU.

They pointed out that there is no proper com­puter lab, as they said the lab which had five com­put­ers was now closed al­legedly be­cause only one of the com­put­ers is work­ing.

They also said there are no laboratories in their in­sti­tu­tions which af­fect the stu­dents en­rolled in the fac­ulty of health es­pe­cially those do­ing med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory stud­ies and Phar­macy.


The stu­dents also said there was no proper book­shop at the univer­sity hence there is a short­age of books. They said the short­age of books also ex­tended to the li­brary where they al­lege still has the books which were used by the in­sti­tu­tion when it was a col­lege.

Fur­ther­more the stu­dents say there are stu­dents who are owed by the univer­sity their re­funds for the starter pack fees. Lastly the stu­dents want the univer­sity to ac­cept their elected SRC mem­bers re­gard­less of the fact that they are not mem­bers of the church of the Nazarene.

These are the pres­i­dent and the vice pres­i­dent whom they say the univer­sity has re­jected sim­ply be­cause they are not in “good stand­ing” or mem­bers of the Nazarene church which they say is dis­crim­i­na­tion.

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