- The SRC at Wits University has taken on a massive task to assist students with historical debt
- The SRC is planning to raise R21 million to help students register for the academic year and has raised R4 million so far
- Wits SRC President Mpendulo Mfeka revealed that students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be prioritised
The University of Witwatersrand's Student Representative Council has managed to raise a whopping R4 million out of a goal of R21 million in just two months. Wits SRC wants to be able to help students with historical debt register for the academic year.
The fundraising campaign, dubbed R21 million in 2021, has received donations from NGOs, Churches as well as civil and corporate societies. Students from rural areas and townships will receive funding from the money raised first.
The fundraising campaign sparks some sort of light for students who have been protesting for the past few weeks over financial exclusion.
A report by SABC News stated that SRC president Mpendulo Mfeka stated that the SRC does not want any financial exclusion for students who owe money to their tertiary institutions as everyone deserves a right to education.
Speaking to 702FM, Mfeka said the SRC has used the university's rules and financial systems as well as the university's auditors to assist with credibility.
Briefly.co.za has been reporting on the student protests which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba. Reports say that Ntumba had just walked out of a doctor's office when he was allegedly shot by a rubber bullet.
Another report about the protests revealed that a Wits University student had been injured during the nationwide protests against financial exclusion. SRC stated that the young lady had been shot in the knee and the bullet went right through her leg.
She was subsequently rushed to a hospital. According to the SRC, the police had opened fire at them without prior warning, which resulted in the wounding of the student
The protests started at Wits and ended up turning into a nationwide shutdown with 26 universities participating. Most recently clips of a violent brawl outside the Durban University of Technology's Berea campus went viral.
The university stated that 'drastic' disciplinary action would be taken.
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