- Duduzane Zuma has vowed to help financially-excluded university students
- This comes after unrest at the University of KwaZulu-Natal over its clampdown on historic debts
- Students who are unable to pay 15% of the amount owed have been left in limbo, facing rejection
Duduzane Zuma has promised to help the University of KwaZulu-Natal students out of their financial pickle.
The former president's son pledged an unknown amount of funds for students who had been excluded from continuing with their studies.
Briefly.co.za reported that UKZN students had protested the university's decision to play hardball over existing debts.
But now Duduzane has offered a helping hand, urging students not to resort to violence:
“To my good brothers at UKZN, let’s stop burning our buildings. We’re smarter than that. I understand your frustrations, I understand your anger. Let’s channel our frustrations, let’s hone in on our anger and let’s make a difference. We will sit down, I will come to you and we will do what needs to be done."
Speaking on behalf of the university, Ashton Bodrick appealed to protestors to stop damaging property.
Bodrick is adamant the university could make no further concessions to students who owe outstanding amounts without compromising the university's financial position to the point of bankruptcy.
In a statement issued to staff and students, Bodrick lamented the 'wanton criminal behaviour' on display. Security measures have been put into place in an attempt to ensure studies continue as normal:
"Security has been further bolstered and every effort is being made to ensure that the academic programme proceeds as scheduled with no interruptions. It is imperative that we continue, as any loss of time will impact negatively on the academic calendar."
Bodrick appealed to the protestors to stop, calling for discussions instead of violence:
"To the protesting students, I appeal to you to stop the violence and allow space for consultation to take place. We have heard the student grievances raised and are actively seeking solutions to the current impasse at both an institutional and national level."
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