Chaos as prospective students push their way into Unisa

File: Student representatives say the university and finance organisations have not made provisions for book and laptop allowances.

File: Student representatives say the university and finance organisations have not made provisions for book and laptop allowances.

PRETORIA - There were chaotic scenes at Unisa&39;s Sunnyside campus in Pretoria on Monday, as thousands of prospective students crowded outside the gates for walk-in applications. 

On Friday, the university made a decision to allow walk-in applications for first-time undergraduates after demonstrations by the EFF Student Command and the ANC Youth League. 

Outside the campus gates, members of the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) held a protest, demanding to know when Unisa would implement President Jacob Zuma&39;s promise of free tertiary education. 

 

Many staff members were unable to access the campus because the gates were blocked while would-be students tried to push their way through the doors. 

Some prospective applicants were seen scaling the walls to enter the campus. 

There were disagreements between the two student groups, with the EFF Student Command insisting applicants should be allowed in on Monday, while the PYA agreed with the university that they should return on Tuesday.