University of the Free State students have taken their frustrations out on the director of financial aid by physically assaulting him earlier this week. Video footage of the attack has been shared, showing the staff member being pushed and dragged down a staircase as students chant “Give us our money”.
Protesting students disrupted lectures at the university and attacked the director over NSFAS issues. They claimed their payments had been cancelled and were told to pay from their own pockets. The varsity has denied the claims.
Speakingout, one of the students said:
“The scheme promised to pay for our studies and to give us allowances for groceries. But some of us haven’t been given our money. We want our money.”
The university spokesperson, Lacea Loader, said that the disruptions were linked to a meeting of the Student Command regarding issues with finance.
She added that institution agreed with the SRC earlier this year that allowances would be paid in the first week of each month.
A case of assault has been opened but no arrests have yet been made.
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