UFS students to spend weekend behind bars
17:07 Fri, 21 Apr 2017
UFS students to spend weekend behind bars | News Article
Bloemfontein - Five more students from the University of the Free State were arrested this morning while protesting against deregistration, as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is lagging behind with the payment of bursaries.

This brings the total of students arrested to 32. A group of 27 from the Qwaqwa campus were arrested last month during a previous round of  protest action. 

Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande said in an answer on a question in parliament that more than 41 000 students countrywide are still awaiting NSFAS payments, more than 3 months into the 2017 academic year. About 22200 of these are university students whose applications still have to be processed. 

The UFS' SRC say about 337 students that were provisionally registered at the beginning of the year are now facing possible deregistration. 

The students arrested this morning will spend the weekend behind bars, and will appear in court on Monday.

Moeketsi Mogotsi & Cathy Dlodlo/OFM News

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