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08/01/2018 18:09 SAST | Updated 08/01/2018 18:09 SAST

USAF: Universities Will Allow Late Registrations If Space Is Available

'Prospective students will be able to apply to the institution or use the CACH system implemented by the DHET.'

Students outside the Hillbrow Magistrates' Court during an appearance of colleagues arrested during a #FeesMustFall protest at the University of the Witwatersrand, October 12, 2016.
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Students outside the Hillbrow Magistrates' Court during an appearance of colleagues arrested during a #FeesMustFall protest at the University of the Witwatersrand, October 12, 2016.

Universities that still have space will be allowing prospective students to apply for courses and will possibly be providing assistance for these matriculants. The majority of institutions are starting their registration process this week.

Universities South Africa (USAF) had a meeting with 26 universities about walk-ins on Monday.

USAF CEO, Professor Ahmed Bawa, told HuffPost: "Prospective students will be able to go to universities, where they will be able to use computer labs to apply to the institution, or use the central applications clearing house (CACH) system implemented by the DHET [department of higher eduction and training]."

The programme shares pupils' matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country. These include technical and vocational training (TVET) colleges, universities, sector education and training authorities (SETAs) and registered private higher institutions.

It assists those who have not been accepted at institutions to find a space that is still available at another institution.

Bawa could not, however, divulge which universities would be going ahead with the process.

Last week, USAF announced that it would not be allowing any walk-ins at universities.

This was met with backlash from the EFF Student Command, which has since tried to sway institutions into allowing people to apply personally.

EFF leader Julius Malema said he would be staging a walk-in at Wits University to apply for his masters, despite the institution having decided not allow walk-ins.

Malema was speaking on Polokwane's urban radio station‚ Energy FM‚ on Monday morning.

The majority of universities have refused to allow this system, saying it creates chaos.