`Despite the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) announcement last week that it would not be accepting walk-in applications, dozens of prospective students queued outside the university on Monday morning, hopeful of securing a place this year.

Kabelo Matsuba, 22, who had to find a job last year after he didn’t get into the programme he was hoping to study, arrived early on Monday morning hoping to register for a degree in human resources.

“All I want to do is study. Even where I work now, I am not proud. I am just doing it to keep my mind busy,” he said.
“It’s frustrating, but all I want to do is see myself study. I can’t keep waiting and coming back next year, and next year, and next year. I’ll be 30 with no degree,” Matsuba said.

He said he was aware that the university said it wouldn’t be accepting any walk-in applications, but he had experienced problems with the online system and was hoping he could get help at the university.

Last week, UJ joined a number of universities in the country, including the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand, in announcing that it wouldn’t be accepting walk-in applications, and that prospective students should access the online portal and phone the call centre for assistance.

But heavy traffic for late applications and registration meant the system was down on Monday morning.



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