Steven Tau
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9 Sep 2014
12:59 pm

Vaal University shutdown worries students (audio)

Steven Tau

Students from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) have expressed concerns at the decision taken by management to shut down the institution until further notice.

Students gather outside the closed gates of the Vaal University of Technology, 9 September 2014. Picture supplied

Reacting to the notifications sent to students from the university yesterday, many said they are worried that the temporary closure of the university will have negative effects on their studies.

“As a photography student, there is equipments inside the university that I need to complete my assignment and the closure of the campus will not do me any good because I have a submission deadlines of Thursday. As per the notification I received from the university, I have no choice but to go back home to Mpumalanga.

“I wish that all the issues affecting us (students), will be sorted out as soon as possible,” Sicebile Sibanyoni told The Citizen.

Another student who did not want to be named said she was unable to go back home in KwaZulu Natal due to financial reasons.

“I will just have to go and stay with a friend of mine who hails from the North West province on a temporary basis and I hope that a solution will be found soon, so that we (students) can all come back and continue with our studies.”

Many students, carrying their luggage could be seen walking out of the student residence from as early as 9am.

Executive director for Corporate Affairs at the university, Mike Khuboni confirmed that a notice to shut down was sent to all students, citing disruptions that were caused amid a student protest.

Students claim they have not receiving any funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the last three months.

During the protest last week, staff members were barred from entering the university premises. A decision was taken that staff will be taken to an undisclosed venue where they would prepare for this week’s graduation ceremonies.