The university’s main administration building was choked as expectant applicants queued around it hopeful of gaining access in order to study at the institution this year.
“The majority of the courses are now fully subscribed and closed further applications,” said Desai.
Noxolo Memela, Durban University of Technology (DUT) spokesperson, said they had received 92 464 applications thus far for the year of 2018.
“We have received 92 464 applications for first-year studies and yet have only 7 500 spaces for 2018,” said Memela.
The overwhelming number of applicants this year could be attributed to the announcement by President Jacob Zuma of free tertiary education to poor students and the working class from this year onwards, and EFF leader Julius Malema calling for matriculants who passed in previous years but could not afford university fees to report to academic institutions.
EFF student commander, Syabonga Mbambo (23), said that his job was to help first-year student hopefuls get into the system regardless of what their field of study is.
“We are here to assist and guide students and to ensure that anyone who has the necessary points be given enrolment into the campus,” said Mbambo.
He said that regardless of political or racial background, his job is to ensure that no one is turned away from the campus should they meet the requirements.
Some students were less than pleased with the enrolment process with Nokubonga Zunga (21) stating that she applied last year using the Central Applications Office (CAO) process but was told that there was an error and that she had to reapply for enrolment as the university had not captured her correct academic results.
“I was finally seen to today after waiting a very long time in the queues and am hopeful that I will be able to study law this year,” said Zunga.