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No more applications - UJ

By Sapa | 2012-01-11 08:33:10.0 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

The University of Johannesburg reiterated today that late applications for first year study are closed

The statement came after a woman died and at least 20 people were injured in a stampede for places.

“The University is not taking late applications,” registrar Prof  Marie Muller said in a statement on Wednesday.

The only people who would be allowed entry to the university were those who had applied last year and had been conditionally admitted, subject to space and their matric results. “Now they will hand in their matric results to see if there is a  space available.”   

Police, metro police and the university’s police were on hand to  prevent a repeat of Tuesday’s stampede.

The university processed close to 85,300 applications in 2011 for this year’s studies. This was higher than the 65,000 applications processed for the 2011 intake.

It can take only 11,000 under-graduate first year students this year.

It had conditionally admitted 17,000 applicants for first year subject to their final results and space in their chosen programmes.

The Sowetan identified the woman who died as Gloria Sekwana, a nurse who had travelled from London to see her son Kgositsile through the application process.

The government called for a “full investigation” into her death and the stampede.

“This is an unfortunate incident which we hope will be fully investigated,” government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said in a statement  on Tuesday night.

“Government calls on candidates to take the necessary, timeous steps to secure entry to tertiary institutions and calls on such institutions to take measures to make these processes as smooth and  efficient as possible for candidates,” he said.

The university planned to work with the police to investigate the stampede.

Manyi said the government had noted the possibility, as expressed by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, of walk-in applications or registrations being outlawed.

After the incident, Nzimande told journalists that crowds descending on universities for late applications was a nationwide problem every year, but that the University of Johannesburg seemed to attract a lot more people.

Beeld reported on Wednesday that the Democratic Alliance had criticised Nzimande, accusing him of saying last year that the long  queues outside the university were a “wonderful problem”.

Nzimande said on Tuesday that the department was hoping to have centralised applications in place by next year and would provide more information at schools on the applications process.


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lol wow a ''wonderful proble''.......enough said

2012-01-11 08:47:43.0 | 0 replies

these police must do their job
not looking for galfrends
nd taking nambas coz we know
that Mzantsi police r so lazy

2012-01-11 10:20:34.0 | 0 replies

I don't understand why students should apply late though? I mean we're always advised to apply early.


they are many reasons 4 late applications my Sister

i am a product of late applications, my reason was a lock of career guidance and i only know about instituitions like Wits Tech, Rau, Vista, UCT after i complited my matric.

the only institutions i know by the time i was doing my matric was Wits university and Medunsa bcause evrybody knows them by the time and ofcorse Turfloop and University of Venda bcause they are from my Province. i never knew there are Technikons.

you can say i was ignorant my sister but i didn't know where Medunsa is. you can't believe i matriculate without knowing a prospectus and all of my class mate, actually our school mate knows nothing about it.

Geographical location play a Major Role.

2012-01-11 10:19:03.0 | 0 replies


Maybe if every province could have at least one "good" University,not the Universities Of Technology,such problems could be minimised,everyone now comes to Gauteng!


Good point German-Cut, good point indeed, our department of Education is failling us Big time. they are many good and well located Buildings or former colleges in everyprovices that can be used as saterlite comapuses
for both Giant universities but our Department is failling us again.

at limpopo there are Good campuses such as Sekhukhune College of education, setotolana college, Tšhikoane Matlala College just to name a few and those buildings are just wasted and yet our fellow brothers and sisters are still strugling.

at East Rand we have Tlamoha College and Old Vista campus in daveyton which is now part of UJ and those buildings are now used to host functions and memorial services and yet our fellow brothers and sisters are travelling to JHB for admission.

the less i say about other provinces and its Areas the better

2012-01-11 10:01:22.0 | 0 replies

This issue of non refundable application fee is a problem hence students are reluctant to apply early and choose late registration. I see this a money making business since students are required to produce half yearly results which do not guarantee placement.

2012-01-11 09:43:57.0 | 0 replies

I don't understand why students should apply late though? I mean we're always advised to apply early. Chances of late applications being accepted are extremely slim. People must think.
I don't blame the university, ofcourse they do accept late applications sometimes.

2012-01-11 09:20:31.0 | 0 replies

Nzimande always talk after a problem. The same happened last year in the same varsity and He said it was interesting to see student so passionate to study.Now stampede ensued and life was lost. He begin to think what he could say to fool us more. Juju is coming,heads will roll!!!!

2012-01-11 09:12:20.0 | 0 replies

They have decided to do that only now, UJ am dissappointed to think that this is where professionals of the country are groomed to perfection, its a shame
Hopefully the government will invest in institutions for now and forget about gautrains and stadiums which only benefit a small percentage of the country

2012-01-11 08:59:10.0 | 0 replies

but why late applications?

2012-01-11 08:58:34.0 | 0 replies

Why close now! Is too late mister Muller (Prof Marie Muller). U must be arrested, U kept applications open keeping hope to desperate poor people knowing very well that all U need is their nin-refundable applicaton fee of R200.00.

2012-01-11 08:56:06.0 | 0 replies

Okay, i didnt understand why they were doing late applications too, or was it to take the application fees and run off with the money as its nt refundable

2012-01-11 08:52:08.0 | 0 replies