Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal were forced to protest because their pleas for help weren't being answered by the university. The protests led to the university suspending its Westville campus' planned academic schedule until Friday.
The students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are tired of living in what they call horrible conditions on the campus. They have tried using social media to raise awareness, and while it helped a little bit, it wasn't enough.
UKZN students want something to be done about the way they are expected to live, and this while they pay thousands every year.
Here's a quick look at what the students are protesting about:
The students say that rats are at home in the halls, kitchens and bathrooms on the campus. One student had a rat run down her back while she showered.
Students filmed the rats running around where they're expected to prepare their food.
2. Leaking roofs
Students have to endure water dripping into their rooms and the hallways whenever it rains. The students are forced to move their stuff around to avoid it getting wet.
3. Inadequate bathroom/toilet facilities
Between 300 women and only 8 bathrooms, things are bound to get uncomfortable. Many toilets are faulty and cannot flush properly.
4. Rundown buildings
According to the students, parts of the building and passages are old, neglected and rundown. Their study hall does not have lights and there are filthy alleys to be found around the building.
One student tried complaining to the department about bedbugs but was allegedly told she should be grateful to have a bed because she used to sleep on the ground at home.
This is according to a 4th-year student at the university who chose to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation.
IOL News reported that individuals that complain to the Department of Student Residence Affairs were insulted.
When students complained of leaking roofs they were told that because they come from a poor background they were used to mopping up water.
The acting UKZN executive director of corporate relations, Normah Zondo, said the university will be able to find solutions to the problems faced by the students.
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