MATSAPHA: Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) has warned the administration of the University of Eswatini to halt legal action against owing self-sponsored students.
This comes after the University sent SMSes to owing students demanding the payment of outstanding fees before the commencement of Examinations on Tuesday. The University is also accused of threatening the owing students with legal action.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Friday, the SNUS President said it was high time for students to unite, speak in one voice and stand in solidarity with those whose future is in limbo due to outstanding fees at UNESWA.
"Should the University refuse to allow these owing students to write their exams in the coming week, as a union we will be forced to visit the institution and shut it down",said the SNUS President.
When reached for comments, Dr Salebona Simelane, the Registrar of the University of Eswatini ( UNESWA) confirmed that as an institution have sent SMSes requesting students to pay for their outstanding fees before Tuesday but declined to comment on the issue of legal action against those who struggled to pay.
"These are pleas for the students to settle their outstanding fees before the beginning of exams which is something that we do regularly as an institution, there are regulations that we need to abide by when addressing the issues of those who will fail to pay in time.Every institution at some point may have to take take legal action against a client who refuses to settle their debts.It happened last year in October but I would like not to comment on that", said the UNESWA Registrar.
Dr Salebona Simelane, the Registrar of the University of Eswatini