By: Blessing Mabunda
Letaba FET students on the Giyani Campus instigated a protest on Wednesday, mainly over nonpayment from the NSFAS.
Students alleged that since their NSFAS applications in January this year, they had not received a cent and their semester academic results were being held by the college.
According to records presented by some to Giyani View, students owed the college academic fees between R13, 000 and R15, 000.
On Friday, some students told Giyani View that Students representatives on campus withdrew their protest action after learning that the college management had issued a threat that those who took part in the protest would not be afforded an opportunity to write their final exams.
“The college has a policy that if a student has been marked absent, he/she won’t be afforded an opportunity to write a semester exam. The college management threatened us that they will mark us all absent”, said one of the students.
A group of students who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, told Giyani View that the protest looked at a number of issues within the college. Female students and male students were sharing the 3 remaining toilets on the Giyani campus.
Giyani View went to see the toilets, only to find that from the female section, only 2 toilets out of 8 were working. The floor was full of water as some of the toilets were leaking.
Students also complained about the study lab which could not accommodate at least 30 students. “We don’t have a library, and all the computers in the computer lab are no longer functioning”.
Following our efforts to find answers from the campus principal on Friday, she referred us to Letaba college CEO, Pule Mashele, but he was unavailable for comment on Friday as his telephone rang unanswered.