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Students' debt threatens Turfloop registrations

By unknown | Jan 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A R72million debt by students is threatening to disrupt registrations at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop Campus.

The contentious move to withhold examination results for hundreds of students who failed to pay their tuition fees last year is likely to spark more trouble at the institution.

Yesterday, angry students disrupted the registration process, accusing management of delaying their academic progress and prospects of jobs.

The students are furious because management is withholding the results of those who did not pay their fees.

"Some of these students have to register for the new year while others want to apply for jobs. They cannot do any of these things without the results," SRC president Lucas Masowa said.

But the university is standing firm. Spokesman Nozipho Kwenaite said they cannot issue results to students who owe the university.

"As of January when the university opened, students from the Turfloop and Medunsa campuses owed a total of R72million. The idea [of withholding results] is to encourage all students to pay their fees on time so that we recover the money owed to the university - otherwise we are going to be broke," she said.

Masowa, however, said some of the students paid their fees in December, but have not yet received their results.

Masowa said the results are late because the ANC conference was held there last December and that some staff members were involved in organising it.

The university has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent months.

Last year students burnt down the gates of the university during a clash with the police when they protested against increased fees. Three students were allegedly shot and seriously wounded in the process.

The windows of the administration block and seven vehicles were smashed while the gates of the university were burnt down.


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