Approximately 100 students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Polokwane Campus in Limpopo have been evicted from their residences over the weekend.
The students who’re beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) say that the lodge they’ve been staying at, since the starting of the year, evicted them on Friday as a result of their lease has lapsed.
The students say they didn’t really feel protected sleeping exterior the college gate on Sunday evening. They declare the college is refusing to licence the lodge and renew the lease.
“They are chasing us; we don’t know how to stay now. We’ll be staying there for the past three months and the landlord says we must stay because TUT management said that they are still in the process to accredit that accommodation. We stayed outside where my friend got very; very sick to a point where she was admitted to hospital, she could not speak she was unconscious. The sad part is that it was raining and we were forced to come here because we had no place to sleep. So we asked to get inside the premises and they did not allow us to get in,” a pupil explains.
Shortage of pupil lodging
TUT responded through its spokesperson Phaphama Tshisikhawe saying the University is conscious of and understands the frustrations of a few of our registered students at the Polokwane campus, who’ve conveyed their grievances on the scarcity of pupil lodging.
“This is a crisis affecting universities across the country. Now we wish to inform our students that the university has taken the matter seriously and we working closely with campus management, campus SRC and student accommodation facilities in order to resolve this matter as quickly as possible,” says Tshisikhawe.
According to Tshisikhawe, they’re working to make sure that all the affected students get lodging by the finish of Monday.