Some South African universities are withholding students’ qualification certificates on account of outstanding fees – in part because the universities are unwilling to implement financial support programmes paid for by the government, according to the South African Union of Students (SAUS).

SAUS has claimed that corruption is to blame for the financial support not being distributed, which has led to on-campus protests at Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The latest hindrance for disadvantaged students’ access to higher education

South Africa experienced mass student demonstrations from 2015 to 2016 against tuition fees being raised, known as the #FeesMustFall movement.

The government eventually created a national bursary scheme to make university more affordable for disadvantaged students.

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