Vaal University students vow to stop classes

Students outside the gates of the Vaal University of Technology on 3 September. Picture: Supplied

Students outside the gates of the Vaal University of Technology on 3 September. Picture: Supplied

Thousands of students at the Vaal University of Technology in the Vaal have barred staff members from entering the premises on Wednesday morning.

Angry students are demanding more funds from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and have vowed to stop classes and graduation ceremonies taking place next week.

The students claim they have not been receiving funds from NSFAS and also demand that each student now receive R500.

“We have been getting R300 each student and that is not enough to keep us going. The university is busy renovating its premises while we are receiving peanuts… enough is enough,” Katleho Motsoane told The Citizen.

According to a security guard, the students started closing the university main gates from 6.30am.

Lecturers, exam personnel and other staff members have been advised to return back home and return to work tomorrow. Police officers are keeping a close eye on the university.

 

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