South African university students took to social media to complain about how they are yet to receive their December allowances from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
Students are supposed to receive their allowances every month but this month, a large number of them received nothing.
This would be problematic for a number of students who are counting on NSFAS money to help them get through tertiary.
Students from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Venda (Univen) did not receive their money.
NSFAS students cry for help on Twitter when coming to December allowances.
Twitter Mzansi university students took to social media to share their grievances under the hashtag #DecemberAllowances on Twitter.
@CPUT we haven't received our December allowances and there's no update from management. We are still writing and we are hungry. when are we getting our allowances?@myNSFAS niyikhupha nini imali yethu cause ba blame nina aba😭😭😭#CPUTmustfall #DecemberAllowances pic.twitter.com/49zyEDFBLV
— Mpozie (@NcapayiZonke) December 1, 2020
It turned out that many of them had not received money from the scheme for the month of December:
@MzwakheNhlapo3 said: “NSFAS you stressing the hell out of us. We are facing eviction from our landlords and we are hungry. How do you expect us to perform academically? I foresee many students losing their funding due to poor academic performance next year.”
@NcapayiZonke commented: “We haven’t received our December allowances and there’s no update from management. We are still writing and we are hungry. When are we getting our allowances?”
@NtoshFaith said: “How are we expected to study when our fridges are empty like this. We are hungry. While you are taking long to distribute allowances, what must we eat in the meanwhile? Data is not gonna feed us.”
@joy_zelda said: “Students are hungry and are expected to continue writing exams. Management doesn’t care. Students are told nothing. Blade Nzimande and NSFAS has failed many SA students.”
@mesuli_zama said: “We are waking up hungry, going to write hungry, and going to sleep hungry in this institution. Then they have the audacity to send us emails saying we need to vacate residences once we’re done writing.”