2nd day of clashes at DUT

2016-09-28 16:50
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Durban – Police and protesting Durban University of Technology students clashed at the Coastlands Hotel in Musgrave following a meeting between student leadership, university management and government officials.

When students attempted to leave the hotel, they were met with Public Order Policing Unit officers, who pursued them down Musgrave Road.

Police fired rubber bullets, while students threw bricks and stones. An officer who attempted to arrest one woman fell and dropped his shotgun.

Students then returned to DUT, along with a heavy, but non-combative, police presence.

The group of 200 had walked to the upmarket hotel, calling for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to address them. Nzimande was not at the meeting.

DUT Vice Chancellor John Volmink came out to address students, but was interrupted on a number of occasions.

Students sent Volmink back inside the hotel, and he then brought out representatives for NSFAS and the Department of Higher Education. Students didn’t allow officials to speak, hurling insults and demands at them.

One student said: "What is your problem? You are the people making my life hard. Where is Blade? You must get out."

When SRC president Zama Mncube addressed students, she too experienced a backlash, with students saying negotiations had yielded few results.

Mncube had indicated to students that, after a two hour meeting, one matter had been discussed. She had also tried to explain that the meeting was not yet over.  

A female student shouted to her: "If they taking so long, they will not listen. We want no fees. We don’t NSFAS if there are no fees. This is wasting my time."

Protests were expected to continue on Thursday.

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