- A video on social media which shows students sleeping on the ground has touched the hearts of Mzansi
- South Africans debated over who was at fault, with many sticking up for the university
- Tweeps believe it is the government's job to ensure all students have housing
A social media user, Risi Ngobeni - who is a LLB student at Wits, according to her profile - has shared a heart-breaking video on Twitter.
Ngobeni revealed the footage shows students sleeping on the ground because they have no accommodation.
Her post read:
"Students at Wits are going through a lot, it’s really heart-breaking that the university functions as usual, while students are suffering."
Take a look at the clip below:
Although many agreed the video was sad too see, they debated who is to blame for the situation. A lot of tweeps defended the university, adding it was not the higher education facility's job to make sure students had housing.
In fact, many said the ANC should provide student accommodation and therefore they are the reason why students have to on the ground.
Social media user, @StrAightMARVIN, commented:
"This is not a Wits problem, the problem is our government."
Nestus Venter, who goes by the Twitter handle @nestus, added:
"Why is it the university's responsibility to take care of students?"
Twitter user, @ThingzzLaOnly, wrote:
"I think student accommodation is available on a first come, first served basis. The primary role of the institution of the institution is teaching and learning. There’s not even a single institution that has enough accommodation for all their students."
The lack of accommodation at varsities and colleges was a problem President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed during the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Briefly.co.za reported that the head of state touched on education and housing issues and revealed the government was ready to drop a large sum of money over the coming years to ensure students have accommodation.
"We are going to spend R64 billion over the next years in student accommodation and will leverage at least another R64 billion in private investment," he said.
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