SA university blows R24 million on luxury property amid student fee crisis: report

The University of Zululand in KwaZulu Natal has reportedly spent R24 million on luxury homes for its executives, while students struggle for funding, and its own programmes go unfinanced.

This is according to the latest issue of Noseweek (October), which reports that the properties – located in the Zini River Estate – were paid for in cash, while some were still under construction.

The university also reportedly splashed out on furnishings for the home, taking the total cost to as much as R35 million, the magazine said.

The University of Zululand is currently facing a student finance shortfall, where outstanding student funds have not yet been paid to help students in distress.

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The properties were purchased in the past year, Noseweek said, between the time that the FeesMustFall protests in 2015 ended, and the resurgent protests in 2016.

Earlier this week, protesting students gutted and set alight a storage building at the university, amid ongoing unrest over fees.

Students across South African universities are currently protesting, calling for free education, after higher education minister, Blade Nzimande, left it in the universities’ hands to determine a fee hike for 2017.

The minister recommended that hikes not go over 8% – and said that government (taxpayers) would cover the increase for students on financial aid, or who fell into the “missing middle”.

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SA university blows R24 million on luxury property amid student fee crisis: report