SRC divided over NSFAS payment process, most students want it scrapped

An overwhelming number of University of Fort Hare students have rejected the involvement of IntelliMali in distributing NSFAS allowances.
In a mass meeting held at the Alice campus’ s sports complex on Sunday afternoon, the majority of students told the SRC to tell university management they did not want IntelliMali.
The meeting came after violent protests broke out at the university on Friday.
“We remain by the resolutions we took during our previous mass meeting that we don’t want IntelliMali, we still say that ...we don’t want IntelliMali,” said one student.
Another said: “We gave you a clear mandate, but when you (SRC) met with the management, you gave them your mandate. Yes, we are hungry, but we cannot allow the management to use that against us,” said the student.
Students rubbished the university’s statement that the reason it involved IntelliMali was because it was not capacitated enough to administer the process.
Their argument was if Walter Sisulu University students were able to get their allowances straight in to their bank accounts, what was stopping the University of Fort Hare from using the same method of payment.
The SRC is scheduled to have a meeting with management on Monday morning.
The SRC is visibly divided on the matter.
When SRC president Xola Jaji made his presentation, other SRC members like deputy president Sonwabiso Mamkeli (ANCYL) and SRC treasurer Lwandile Mgedezi (Sasco) left the venue.
The meeting dispersed without any clarity on when students would return to class...

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