Police brutality won’t stop us, say students protesting over fees
Shocking scenes of police violence play out in Braamfontein as Wits students attempt to stage a peaceful fees protest
Universities SA CEO Prof Ahmed Bawa on Wednesday urged the government to find a way to deal with the needs of financially-stricken students, as #asinmali (“we don’t have money”) protests escalated, with a bystander shot dead and several injured in the streets around Wits University in Johannesburg.
“The NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme] shortfall this year is R5.6bn. There is no possibility of any university finding that kind of money. I think we have to turn to the cabinet. We are desperate to hear what they have decided. We were hoping that there was a way cabinet was able to find that money to ensure the NSFAS programmes are not undermined, because if that happens we face serious challenges,” he said.
“Universities are meant to serve the entire population. There are billions of households that cannot afford to send their children to universities and that is contradictory to the role of universities...