A mammoth crowd of DUT students gathered at Durban University of Technology’s City and Steve Biko campuses on Monday 15 February after the disturbing news broke out that a student allegedly took his own life because he was denied National Student Financial Aid Scheme assistance (NSFAS).
19-year-old Lindelani Myeza who was a resident of Persada in Berea, Durban, allegedly fell to his untimely death after jumping out of a 6th floor window following the sad news that he will not be receiving any funding from NSFAS.
The publication from local newspaper Isolezwe further writes that Myeza earlier spoke to people close to him about not receiving the funding, which led him to commit suicide. Myeza was also the first child in his family to go to university.
Myeza was just in his first year in the University’s Management Sciences Faculty and was already fully registered and entered his residence last Tuesday.
DUT on Tuesday announced a two-day suspension on academic programmes in the wake of widespread student protests.
DUT spokesperson Alan Kahn stated that the decision to cancel academic activities was taken after an executive meeting.
“We apologize for this second break in the academic calendar, however, we feel that this 48 hour suspension will give us a chance to further respond to the issues raised by the SRC in Durban and Pietermaritzburg,” he said.
“We have agreed, in consultation with the SRC, to continue with the student registration process and to keep the finance and financial aid offices open to assist our students.”
“The university is not closing. Our administration and support services will be operational. The academic programme will resume on Thursday, 18 February 2016,” he said.
DUT also made it clear that the police have launched an investigation into the matter. The statement by Alan Khan, Senior Director of Corporate Affair at the DUT, read:
“On Friday night (12 February 2016), one of our students, Mr Lindelani God’s Love Myeza, who was living in the Persada Residence on the Berea in Durban, tragically fell to his death from the 6th floor of the building.
“Lindelani was a first year student in the University’s Management Sciences Faculty. He was already registered as a first year student and entered residence last Tuesday, 9 February 2016.
“The University is assisting his family at this difficult time. The police have launched an investigation into the matter. I am sure that you will join me in expressing our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.”