University of the Western Cape students plan to continue protests

Protests continued on Thursday at the University of the Western Cape. This is in regard to fee blocks, registration and a lack of accommodation. 

The University has since given students the green light to register, however, they have stated that there should be a clear agreement with students affected by academic exclusion due to unpaid fees. 

Up until this point, the university had given unregistered students a grace period until Thursday. Now, however, they are only dealing with individual cases.

Jakes-Gerwell Hall at UWC. Credit:

However, according to the Student Representative Council (SRC), the institution has not met students' demands, and they will be continuing protests until their challenges are addressed. 

"The way forward is that we are going to continue with the mass demonstration as the university is not willing to come to the party in so far as addressing some of the challenges that some of the students at UWC are facing," says UWC SRC president, Mandla-onke Notyawa.

Notyawa added that a number of first-year students funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), have been prevented from registering due to NSFAS system delays.

Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien


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