By William Serumula
Students went on strike on the morning of 26 and 27 January 2015; at Central Johannesburg College Alexandra Campus, which lead to a temporary closure of the institution. The police to fired teargas cans to disperse protesters and 76 students were arrested – and charged with public disorder.
Student Representative Council Suzan Banda told Alex Pioneer that students drafted a memorandum of grievance addressed to the college’s management. One of their requests was to dismiss the head of the Hair Care and Cosmetology Department, Lucy Matsena.
Banda said: “We have being complaining to management about the ineffectiveness of the unskilled Lucy Matsena as the head of Hair Care and Cosmetology. Her department failed to provide students with study materials and equipment”.
“In terms of fees the financial statements that students got from the financial officer in January 2015 revealed that students owe R1.5 million. And the college is demanding a down payment of R6 000 from each student, which apparently covers equipment that students didn’t use and never existed,” Banda said.
“The burning factor which led students to strike is the issue of accreditation of the course which has since been discussed from November 2014. It has not even been rectified,” added Banda. According to Banda the said charges against them were dropped.
Alex Pioneer tried by all means to contact KC Mabelane the Deputy Principle of corporate affairs Central Johannesburg College Alexandra Campus, but he could not be reached for comment.
This story was originally published in February, 2015.