Tired of having their lives on hold for up to six years, college students are being given the pro bono assistance of a law firm to launch a class action against the state for not ensuring they receive their certificates of graduation, according to a City Press report. Keneilwe Molawa, a former student at Motheo technical and vocational education and training college in Bloemfontein, has been trying to get her civil engineering and building construction national vocational certificate since 2010.

I never received my certificate during the graduation ceremony. It was a normal graduation without certificates presented to us ... this has put my life on hold for so many years,’ said the 35-year-old Molawa.

Empty certificate holders were handed over to graduates with a promise that their certificates would follow later.

City Press says Pretoria-based law firm Maluleke Seriti Makume Matlala Incorporated agreed to take on the department on behalf of the disadvantaged graduates but it needed to have a list of at least 100 affected students to lodge the case.

Lawyer Mmuso Matlala said: ‘The relief sought is self-explanatory. Any person who has written an examination and passed is legally entitled to a certificate. The matter will be done pro bono and our wish is to issue court processes latest January 2018,’ he said, adding that currently, they had names of 20 affected students.

Full City Press report