Watch: False Bay College students protest over bursary allowance

A video of students protesting outside False Bay College in Muizenberg, Cape Town is making the rounds on social media. Students reportedly burnt refuse outside the campus on Monday 29 March to show their frustration in a delayed payout of bursary allowances.

WATCH: DISSATISFIED STUDENTS PROTEST OUTSIDE CAMPUS

In the video, smoke can be seen coming from the entrance of False Bay College as students holding placards march past cars while police officers closely monitor the situation.

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One student, who took to Facebook, said that he may be arrested for his part in the protest at the Khayelitsha Campus of False Bay College. In the post, he added that he would always fight for students’ rights as the government fails to meet student needs.

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SAPS Western Cape spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said no arrests were made.

“Please be advised that police monitored the protest, no violence was reported and no arrests were made,” said Rwexana.

FALSE BAY COLLEGE FINALISNG PAYOUTS BY 1 APRIL

False Bay TVET College Deputy Principal of Innovation and Development Christiana Nel said students were unhappy about a delay in bursary allowances.

“The students present were expressing their dissatisfaction with regards to the delay of allowance disbursement to bursary students. Payment of allowances is subject to the submission of required documentation.”

She added that the college will be finalising all outstanding allowance disbursements to eligible students by no later than 1 April 2021.

STUDENT PROTEST ACTION SHOULD BE PEACEFUL

Nel added that students grievances can be addressed in a constructive manner.

“While management respects the students right to protest, it must be done in a matured and peaceful manner underpinned by the College Student Code of Conduct which is binding on all students.”

“The College management has an ongoing commitment to keep channels of communication open with our students, through the Student Representative Council, so that student grievances can be addressed in a constructive manner.”

Earlier this month, on 12 March, The South African Union of Students (SAUS) issued a memorandum of demands to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. This after Wits students in Johannesburg had been protesting about registration and called for all students to be allowed to register with the university regardless of whether they still had debt.

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Presh JM Reporter

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