NSFAS no-show angers students
SCORES of beneficiaries who yesterday gathered at Unisa to get answers from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme returned home unhappy.
NSFAS officials who had agreed to address them at the university’s Durban campus about fees non-payment did not show up.
SRC president Zandile Sodladla said there would be a shutdown at all of the university’s campuses if NSFAS continued to disrespect students.
He said thousands of students could still not access their study material to start preparing for their assignments.
“This is unfair. We need to speak the language NSFAS will understand.”
The students held a protest on Monday, which forced the university to suspend lectures. It then announced NSFAS officials would address the students to explain the delay.
Unisa SRC regional secretary Khethokuhle Mbili said he was only told yesterday morning no one from NSFAS was coming.
“We’ve been communicating with them since last month and they waited for me to enquire whether they were still coming before saying anything,” he said.
Unisa Durban regional campus spokeswoman Joe Cossavella said: “The university’s regional management has clarified to the SRC that they need to separate Unisa issues from that of NSFAS.”
NSFAS spokesman Kagiso Mamabolo did not responded to SMSes or calls.