LILITHA College of Nursing students have staged a sit-in at the Park Drive campus since Monday, demanding the Department of Health pays them a R3000 monthly allowance and R5000 for books.
The students will not return to classes until they have met with department officials.
They have been toyi-toying outside the campus since Monday.
One student, who did not want to be named, said they received R3000 on Friday for last month but have not yet received their stipends for February, March and April. They had also not received the R5000 for books.
The students turned violent yesterday when they assaulted Herald photographer Judy de Vega.
“There was a lot of pushing and shoving. The group surged forward and assaulted me twice – hitting me on each side of my head. As I retreated, I told them that I worked with gangsters and hooligans in the northern areas last week and they never treated me like this,” De Vega said.
Health Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said they were working according to a budget and that the money was being loaded into the students’ accounts. He said it was unfortunate that they assaulted De Vega.