#UFSshutdown: Students in limbo as registration is halted
13:02 Fri, 24 Jan 2020
#UFSshutdown: Students in limbo as registration is halted | News Article
A large number of first-year students at the University of the Free State’s main campus in Bloemfontein are now in limbo after the registration process was suspended on Friday due to unrest.

While the situation presently on the campus is relatively calm due to a large police presence, the same cannot be said for the emotions of eager parents like Masentle Mosala from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape who now have to return home without having her children registered.

On Thursday an unexplained fire erupted at the President Steyn residence at the above-mentioned campus. While police indicate the cause of the fire is unknown, security personnel on the ground who have asked to remain anonymous allege it was disgruntled students who started the fire. This has not been confirmed by police or the institution.

The EFF Student Command, as well as the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco), both released statements indicating that registration would be halted today and then extended to mid-February due to a plethora of reasons which include students with outstanding fees not being allowed to register, as well as news that NSFAS will not be funding unaccredited off-campus student housing. 

There is a large police and private security presence on the scene. The situation remains calm for now.

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