Uproar over university fees sees #SaveUKZNStudents trending online

- University students are up in arms as UKZN charges res fees despite students not being allowed on campus

- Social media users took to Twitter to express themselves and vent their frustration using the hashtag #SaveUKZNStudents

- Many students shared their reactions to the various experiences of UKZN students

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Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on families and the economy. This had led to families struggling to pay for university fees and besides that students are livid that some of them are being charged fees for their residences on campus.

Most students have been learning online and have not set foot on campus since the lockdown began.

This has led to a hashtag trending online which sees students vent their anger and frustration with tweeps calling for Mzansi to #SaveUKZNStudents.

Here are some reactions and posts from people using the hashtag:

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@Lethu_Ntuli:

"Imagine being a UKZN student who has never set foot on campus post-March 2020, because you never received a permit (beyond the ridiculous module prices when learning is online) but you are still subjected to pay R34 000 for a res you basically never stayed in."

@MbuyaziNeliswa:

"UKZN is the worst institution for black students!! You are constantly threatened by Academic and Financial exclusion!!!"
"The system is so Anti-Black that every issue you encounter you ALWAYS need the SRC because you will lose automatically!! #SaveUKZNStudents"

@AndileM28512957:

"I owe an amount of R19837.00 yet I am funded by NSFAS, I have been funded since first year of study. My degree is in the verge of being withheld yet I’ve never failed even a single module, never wrote a supp , never deferred and finished on record time."

@Nduduzo_carsa:

"Can UKZN also give us our Certificates? How do you expect us to pay our outstanding fees if we unemployed? Because you guys are holding our certificates we can't search for jobs. #SaveUKZNStudents."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi recently took to Twitter to celebrate the graduation of a young South African EFF supporter, Olwethu. According to the post, the same young man had once been criticized for openly supporting the party while he was still in high school.

The post features pictures of the student alongside other students holding up a poster that reads "EFF our last hope of getting the land back." The caption also explains that the then high school student was chastised for his political views.

"This morning I received news from sis Ntsiki that her son, Yamkela Mbabama has completed his BCom Finance Degree with Wits and will do honours next year Olwethu, who is in UKZN will complete next year, I’m overjoyed! Back in 2017, these boys were chastised for this picture!," wrote Ndlozi.

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