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Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth has declined the applications of three blind students as it did not have the resources to assist them, NMMU said on Friday.
"At this stage NMMU does not provide access to students who are completely blind because the university does not have the necessary resources to assist them," said spokeswoman Roslyn Baartjies.
"We do, however, give access to the visually impaired and in the disability unit’s five-year plan it is outlined how to grant access to the completely blind student."
French press agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Friday that the three students applied for a place at the university in July.
The students, Avukile Jeke, 21, Lubabalo Sapepa, 21, and Yanelisa Ginida, 19, were saddened by the university's decision.
"What hurts most is that I was not turned away because I didn't make the grade, but because of something I did not choose for myself," Jeke told AFP.
They went for an aptitude test in August but were told it was not possible, AFP reported.
Classmate Ncebakazi Siziba, 22, who is partially blind, was admitted but she was pained that her classmates could not be accepted.
"We were together in the whole application process," Siziba said.