UKZN Westville campus protest an ‘election ploy’, says university

2014-09-01 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal has hit back at protesting students, insisting they are protesting over unconfirmed rumours.

University spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said that around 200 students embarked on an illegal protest at the Westville campus over an alleged 100% rise in registration fees.

“This is an impossible rise. These students are protesting over something that has not even been confirmed,” he said.

Seshoka said a Student Representative Council election is around the corner and this could possibly be a motive for the protest. “This could be a way to just get votes, as the basis of the protest is over something that has not even been discussed,” said Seshoka.

The protest, that formally started on Thursday, has had the university heighten its security. “We understand the students’ freedom to protest, but they also have the responsibility to not interfere with anyone or disrupt classes, so we have increased police service and university security,” said Seshoka.

In their memorandum, the Westville SRC requested that the registration fee date be extended to March 31, and that the fee remain at R3 750.

They also complained about cold water at the Oval Residence being a problem for years and lack of security on campus.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police would monitor the situation.

• raisa.soodyal@witness.co.za

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