Friday, 1 June 2012
More than 70 students were kicked out of dormitories in a South Coast college for refusing to follow Islamic customs and rules. Management at the Coastal As-Salaam campus, in Braemar near Umzinto, allegedly forced students in the dormitories to study the Qur'an and wear Muslim clothes.
They were reportedly not allowed to carry Bibles inside the premises.
The students at the further education training college went on strike two weeks ago and lectures were suspended until Tuesday. Those living in dormitories were told to find accommodation outside the institution.
Those living in dormitories were funded by the Department of Higher Education’s national student financial aid scheme, which was believed to be paying about R16 000 a student a year towards meals and accommodation. The beneficiaries said they could not afford to pay for their accommodation and meals because they were from poor families.
“Now that we have been kicked out of the dormitories, our parents have been forced to pay for rent outside the college. I’m paying R300 a month and I’m sharing the room with 11 other students, and I still have to buy groceries. In the dormitories, I was sharing the room with four people, and the meals were provided by the college,” student Zanele Mgedezi said.
The Mercury has learned that there were no lessons yesterday as lecturers had gone on a go-slow protest to force the institution to allow students back into the dormitories.
Thabile Mofokeng, an office administration student, said she was concerned that her parents would not be able to pay for her expenses. For the past three years she had been supported by the national student financial aid scheme. “All we wanted was to be free to practice our own religions and not be forced to follow Islam, but now we have been punished by being deprived of safe accommodation,” said Mofokeng.
Higher Education spokeswoman Vuyelwa Qinga said her department was talk- ing with the college management and education officials in the province to resolve the matter.
The comments in the Sowetan newspaper are not all sympathetic.
It is a Muslim facility. When you enrolled you were obviously told about the rules and regualtions of the school
If I were these students I wld embrace this Islam thingy cause its the ONLY thing which seems to help many of its followers from being alcoholics, drug addicts, sex addcits/slaves etc even Malcolm X wrote abt how he was saved by Muslim faith from the life of drugs and crime, he turned out to be a super husband dad and leader
However;- Take Note: The Muslims are lying when they say they want to "help". They want to further Islam by their charity.
Posted on 06/01/2012 7:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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