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10 Jan 2018 16:23
Since Monday, UJ student volunteers, the EFFSC and the SRC have been working together to help students find accommodation, fund their studies, and find out if the university has space for them. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
Although orange banners announce that the University of
Johannesburg (UJ) will not accept prospective students walking into
the campus to register, a white tent in the parking area suggests
UJ has already received more applications than they have space for,
yet the university’s online application system open. The university
has so far had 19 000 late inquiries and online applications since
The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) questioned
the university’s logic when it extended the online applications
Since Monday, UJ student volunteers, the EFFSC and UJ’s student
representative council (SRC) have been working together to help
students find accommodation, fund their studies, and find out
whether the university has space for them.
The EFFSC and SRC are prepared to help people find alternative
placements at other higher education institutions.
UJ SRC deputy chairperson Nhlanhla Mbongwa said they are “trying to
get everyone into the system”, which means working with SRCs at
other universities and colleges.
“We are trying not to politicise the system,” said Mbongwa.
trying to stop students from being rejected and returning to
He said that “irrespective of political association” academically
strong students are being assisted to get into a university, while
those with diplomas or a national senior certificate are being
technical vocational education and training
Mbongwa added that he has helped about 60 matriculants apply for
marketing diplomas over the past three days.
He hopes that by February 2, when registration closes, most
students will have been accommodated at a college or university,
but both the SRC and the EFFSC are prepared to continue helping
people with online applications up until the first week of the
The EFFSC has been trying to register as many people as possible at
UJ in the hope of gaining ground in the SRC elections in
The organisations’ main concern are matriculants from rural areas
who may not have easy access to the online registration
David Raphunga, a volunteer for the EFFSC and a third-year student
at UJ, said the process of assisting their “black brothers and
sisters” register online has been slow because the university’s
server has been temperamental and no handwritten applications are
But he and his team are determined not to leave anyone in the lurch
and have assisted at least 50 people each day to register at UJ or
direct them to another higher education institution.
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