Students left homeless,hungry as Wits, arts dept squabble over bursaries

A Wits student sleeps in the postgraduate lab. He is one of 19 students waiting for the Department of Arts and Culture to pay the funds of their promised bursaries. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Wits University Masters students who were promised bursaries by the Department of Arts and Culture have told Eyewitness News how a delay has had a serious impact on the lives and studies, with some left destitute.Nineteen students have been waiting for funds from the department, which confirmed in August that it would be covering their accommodation, tuition, meals and books.

On 20 August, in a letter to the institution, the Arts and Culture Department’s Reinette Stander confirmed that funding would be processed for the students.Not a cent was paid since and the department said that Wits was to blame as it had not submitted all the required documents. Meanwhile, Wits has denied this.

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