IFP Shocked by the Lack of Student Accommodation

19 March 2013        


The issue of student accommodation is a major concern and point of contention at our universities. IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP said, "According to recent statistics, there is a shortage of 207 800 beds at our institutes of higher learning. This shortage is clearly illustrated at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal by students who are demanding an allocation of student accommodation. Whilst we lament the shortages, the IFP cannot condone the behaviour shown by SASCO in UKZN by disrupting classes and we urge students to resolve this issue in a constructive manner with the university. "


Mpontshane stated that, "The IFP is also concerned about the residences offered by public private partnerships as many students end-up becoming vulnerable to the evils of sex abuse, drugs and crime. It is therefore imperative that our universities offer safe and secure accommodation to first year students."


The IFP calls on the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande to intervene by engaging the student representative councils and management of the universities in order to give clarity about what plans the department has in mind in order to resolve the problem of student accommodation.


Furthermore the IFP calls on the management of UKZN to speed up the process of addressing the issue of student accommodation in order to avoid further strikes.


Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP, 083 448 4896


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675