Student’s winter of hell

LET DOWN: A blanket is 'stored' across the pathway from where a student has been forced to sleep under the walkway on the beachfront. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
LET DOWN: A blanket is ‘stored’ across the pathway from where a student has been forced to sleep under the walkway on the beachfront. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

HIS mother thinks her son is happily studying towards his diploma in accounting and going home to sleep in a warm bed every night at a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) residence.

But the 20-year-old student has been living like a vagrant for nearly two months, sleeping under the planked walkway along Summerstrand’s Marine Drive and bathing himself in the ocean after he was forced out of the residence because he could no longer afford the fees.

When the piercing cold weather and biting winter sea breeze become too unbearable, he spends the night in one of the overnight study centres, basking in the warmth of the heated air.

The student, who would not be named as his plight is “too embarrassing” and because he has hidden it from his family in East London, is one of thousands denied funding this year by the government’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). – Zandile Mbabela

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2 thoughts on “Student’s winter of hell

  • July 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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    That is why there is so much crime in Summerstrand! 62% voted for the A.N.C. they can live with the consequences! The A.N.C. could n’t run a booze up in a brewery but you still voted for them!Schools without books! Hospitals without Doctors and blankets and faeces on the walls!Students without funding! When are you all going to wake up?

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  • July 7, 2014 at 9:19 am
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    this is so dusgusting, i feel for the students that are in this predicament. the people responsible for the lack of funding so be shot. they obviously do not care as they have warm beds at night and food in their tummy. thi is not he first time it has happened. the funding is imortant and needs to see the student to the end of their course. Dallas

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