Fort Hare card system causes anger
Hunger and vulnerability have been cited as the main reasons hundreds of the University of Fort Hare students did not honour the resolutions of a mass meeting to reject intellicards.
In a mass meeting on Friday, students took a resolution not to have IntelliMali as a middleman in distributing NSFAS allowances.
During the visit by the Dispatch at the East London campus on Wednesday, scores of students were queuing to receive their intellicards.
East London campus premier Zanda Sopete told DispatchLIVE that they remained unshaken on their decision not to have IntelliMali involved in distributing the NSFAS funds.
“We wrote to management to let them know that we do not want anything to do with IntelliMali, but they did not respond to us,” she said.
Sopete said they were disgusted by the move of the university to send SMSes to students to come collect their intellicards despite telling them (management) that students did not want IntelliMali.
“They know students are hungry and have nothing to eat. They are now taking advantage of that,” she said.
Sopete said they were still going to have a mass meeting to seek students' views on the matter.
She said what made them as student leaders infuriated was that the intellicards did not even have funds.
At the Alice campus, students are demonstrating around the campus on Thursday morning, in a move to voice their displeasure at the move to have IntelliMali distribute funds to NSFAS beneficiaries.
EFFSC Bandile Noguda told DispatchLive that they would carry on with the demonstrations until vice-chancellor professor Sakhela Buhlungu responded to the memorandum they sent to him on Monday.
The university has not responded to questions sent to them...