Unisa students in Durban have called off their protest action saying their grievances are getting attention. The students have learnt that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has started processing their applications.
Police are safe-guarding the university after a chaotic week. Students blockaded roads, trashed bins and clashed with police. This forced the university to shut its doors.
The students wanted the registration period extended and funding issues resolved. The SRC said students had not received study grants – preventing registration and the start of the academic programme.
Now talks are underway.
“There is a progress regarding NSFAS because as we speak at the SRC office we are busy taking list of students to be processed there is that progress currently in Pretoria. The president and the registra, they are further unpacking this matter of NSFAS but from our position we are told that they are now processing applications for those students of NSFAS”, said SRC secretary, Khethokuhle Mbili.
A march to the Durban mayor’s office was cancelled.
“We decided as the branch because we received communication from the provincial executive committee of Sanco to say they are having talks with the municipality so we must wait for resolutions,” said Sanco’s Xolo Magutshwa.
Meanwhile, talks are also underway between the Student Representative Council and management in Pretoria.