Unizulu students are paid, but still unhappy
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.