‘UKZN will grind to a halt’

2010-03-04 00:00

THE Young Communist League at the University of KwaZulu-Natal says the institution will grind to a halt today when its supporters engage in a peaceful protest against the financial exclusion of some students.

Isaac Luthuli, of the YCL and the organiser of the protest, said yesterday everything is ready for the protest. “The institution has been made fully aware of the intentions to demonstrate tomorrow.”

He said there is nothing that theuniversity can do to halt the protest. “We have applied for permission for the protest and everything is legal,” he said.

“We heard that the management was hosting an emergency meeting to resolve the accommodation crisis, but that is not enough to halt the protest, because nothing will stop us besides giving us what we want.”

Luthuli said some of their demands include the employment of a deputy dean of students, financial aid for first-year students, fighting crime and the improvement of student facilities.

Nomonde Mbadi, UKZN executive director, corporate services, said they are aware of the students’ intentions to march, but are baffled by the decision to engage in a protest.

“University management on the campus is in the process of gathering information with regard to the issues surrounding the alleged protest.

“At this point, management is not aware of any breakdown in communication between management in student services at the campus and the local SRC that could have led to the decision to strike by the students.”

She said they will attend to the matter and try to prevent any disruptions to the academic programme.

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