More protests at DUT

2010-01-27 00:00

PROTESTING Durban University of Technology (DUT) students went on the rampage at the Mansfield campus, forcing private security guards to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

It is believed that several students were injured during the protest, which disrupted registration.

More than 100 students protes­ted over financial exclusions, lack of proper accommodation and an increase in registration fees. The fees have increased from R2 500 to R2 700.

This is the second protest since registration began at the university.

Last week, a group of 150 students clashed with security guards at the Mansfield Road campus. Several protesters were injured when campus security guards fired empty paintball pellets to disperse the crowd. Management said they would investigate the incident.

The university also suspended registrations, which opened on Monday.

A large police contingent were called in to monitor the crowd congregated in groups around the entrance of the campus yesterday.

A first-year Drama student, who did not want to be named, said that the protesters stopped her from entering the campus.

“I was walking in when I saw this group of students. They were shouting at the security guards to let them in. When I tried to enter, they pushed me away from the gate,” she said.

She said that students should not resort to violence to solve their problems.

“They are making it very difficult for others to study. I’m here to learn and think it’s unfair for them to stop me. I hope this mess is resolved soon,” she said.

The Student Representative Council was locked in talks with DUT management over the issues raised by the protesters.

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