Unizulu stu­dents are paid, but still un­happy

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

UNIZULU stu­dents who ri­oted at KwaDlangezwa Cam­pus over un­paid meals and trans­port al­lowances last week, have fi­nally been paid.

Al­lowances were paid by fi­nance ad­min­is­tra­tor, Fundi to qual­i­fy­ing and ap­proved NSFAS and bur­sary hold­ing stu­dents for Fe­bru­ary and March.

Last Thursday, stu­dents went on vi­o­lent protests over un­paid food and trans­port al­lowances.

The riot re­sulted in build­ings be­ing van­dalised, prop­erty set on fire and a po­lice ve­hi­cle torched.

Thirty-two stu­dents were ar­rested dur­ing the ram­page: 20 charged with pub­lic vi­o­lence and 12 with bur­glary.

The 12 ap­peared at Mtun­zini Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day morn­ing and were granted bail of R1 000 each.

On Mon­day they again ap­peared in court while the 20 re­main in cus­tody un­til to­mor­row (Fri­day).

The cam­pus re­mains closed to stu­dents un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Even though pay­ments have come through, stu­dents are still de­mand­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion over the R30 de­ducted on their al­lowances.

Stu­dents say they were told the de­duc­tion would be a once-off.

‘We want to know where is the money go­ing to and who ap­proved th­ese de­duc­tions. I get two al­lowances which means I have to pay R60 and still be charged when do­ing trans­ac­tions with my bank R30 is a lot of money when you are a stu­dent,’ said one stu­dent.

SRC deputy pres­i­dent Ndu­miso Nt­shangase said the R30 de­duc­tion was for ver­i­fi­ca­tion and con­firmed it was sup­posed to be done only once.

‘Ev­ery cent must be ac­counted for, and in this case we don’t know where the money is go­ing. For a stu­dent R30 can buy them two loaves of bread,’ said Nt­shangase.

How­ever ac­cord­ing to the uni­ver­sity the mat­ter was dis­cussed and agreed upon with Fundi by the SRC (Pres­i­dent and Trea­surer Gen­eral) as well as the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Fi­nance.

‘It was not a once-off only for the first pay­ment. Fundi is be­ing con­sulted with the view to un­der­stand the ra­tio­nale be­hind the R30 de­duc­tion per trans­ac­tion. ‘Un­til we re­ceive fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion from Fundi, Uni­ver­sity Man­age­ment can­not pro­vide any an­swers to this mat­ter,’ said Unizulu in a state­ment.

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