KwaZulu-Natal police have used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse striking UNISA students on the Durban campus.

Students took to the streets to protest against what they say is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme NSFAS’ unfair treatment of UNISA students.

The striking students had brought traffic to a standstill.

Nkululeko Magujwa, chairperson of students’ organisation SASCO, says many students have not received confirmation of their registration for this academic year.

“The process of NSFAS is not honest. Other students from other institutions they’ve been paid but UNISA here is not even a single student that has confirmed the payment. They are misleading students, they are not doing anything. So we are just not happy. We want them to come on Thursday. We will make noise until Thursday.”

KwaZulu-Natal SRC secretary Khethokuhle Mbili claims that NSFAS funding for UNISA students is not comprehensive.

“It doesn’t have accommodation, it doesn’t have transport costs, it doesn’t have meals. It’s just basically tuition fees but to other institutions it’s a comprehensive offer. So we also ask ourselves what is wrong with UNISA students? Are they not poor enough?”