Recently, President Jacob Zuma begged South Africans to help the government and the Higher Education department resolve the challenges facing Higher learning Institutions in the country.
Although President Zuma’s plea focused on the violence that erupted over the 2017 fees, housing crisis is undoubtedly, a major challenge troubling SA universities.
In order to help the nation manage the issue, SA couple identified as Solly and Khairu Nagdee donated block of flats to the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
According to reports, Solly and his wife previously donated a vacant land to the Institution. This time, they placed the block of 30 two-bedroom flats on the market and later decided to donate it to UWC.
Speaking, Khairu said: “We are very conscious of the fact that there is terrible shortage of land and shortage of student residences.
“…We felt we wanted to (donate the flats) because you find that so many students cannot afford the cost of transport and accommodation.”
Below is an interview with Khairu.
Meanwhile, church leaders, students and KZN residents from various churches gathered at the Durban ICC to pray for an end to the violence engendered by the FeesMustFall campaign across South Africa.
The prayer session was hosted by the Alliance of Charismatic and Pentecostal Churches in the Province.
Speaking at the prayer gathering, Bishop SP Ndlovu condemned government’s use of force against protesting students, the torching of infrastructure, and the destruction of property by students.
He said: “Anything that is violent, we as a church are against it. That is why we came here to pray because we believe that through prayer God will intervene and change the hearts of the people dealing with the situation.”
President Zuma again pleaded for calm and restraint at all higher education campuses across the country over the #FeesMustFall movement. He warned that government has instructed crime fighters to protect South Africans and ensure safety in the country.
“We have…directed members of the South African Police Service to act strictly within the confines of the law and the Constitution as they discharge their duties of ensuring the safety and security of all, as well as protecting lives and property,” remarked Mr. President.