South African students might be the ones who suffer the most in this country. Whilst politicians are busy milking money from the state covers, University students as well as others at tertiary institutions have been going through a tough period. Finances have not been forthcoming for them and those who have access to grants are just getting a handful of funds which are insufficient to sustain them.
This is not the end of their woes, they have been reports of attacks on students who will have failed to secure accommodation. In one such incident which happened over the weekend, gunmen shot dead three universities students who were at rented quarters this was at the University of Free State.
The big question now being asked is, shall we continue like this when our varsity students die like rats. Solutions are being sort and so far suggestions are being brought forward. Students have been engaged as they seek to find the best solutions. The students representative council at the University of the Free State's Qwaqwa Campus suggested that the management needs to beef up security inside and outside the campus for the safety of students. Some of the students expressed their fear as they know they can be the next victims following the shooting incident at an off-campus student residence in Phuthaditjhaba.
Residents in the area where the incident happened claim that back in the day the area was peaceful and now something is getting wrong. Police need to do the work as the university alone cannot protect the students.
It is extremely saddening to loose young people who are there to better their lives. Some members of the public are urging the students to strike as the learning environment is now traumatizing. Criminals and comrades are never calm as they are always coming after them and terrorise them.
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