South African med students in Cuba “embarrassing” the country

South African medical students on government bursaries in Cuba are spending more time preaching and praying than actual studying, and the Cubans are not impressed.

KZN’s MEC for health, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, is having a bit of a tough time explaining to the Cuban government why our students are preaching and praying instead of studying. Dhlomo has, subsequently, informed the students that they’ll be sent home and made to pay back every single cent that government spent to get them there.

Most of those students “abusing government resources” are from impoverished backgrounds and would otherwise still be living in squalor with very little opportunities.

According to the Cuban government, the South African students are becoming a “nuisance” by preaching and praying in some of Cuba’s – a country where religion is not widespread and what little religion is practised, is done behind closed doors – busiest streets.

Now look, Cuba isn’t exactly the most forgiving environment and the whole praying vibe isn’t even the worst part. Some of the other complaints include:

South Africans sending Cuban cigars home to sell for extra money.
Med students getting wasted and starting fights – Cuban society frowns on alcohol abuse –.
Government has made it clear that any South Africans abusing the opportunity to study abroad will be sent home and made to, uhm… pay back the money.

“It is embarrassing … Cubans think you are too full of yourselves.”

By: The South African


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