DUT students protest over SRC leadership
Nielen Bottomley, News24
Cape Town - Police dispersed hundreds of people protesting against the student leadership at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday.
The protest was led by members of the SA Students’ Congress (Sasco), who are unhappy with the student representative council (SRC) leadership at the university.
The SRC was headed by the NFP-aligned student movement Nasmo.
The protests started on Monday, Allan Khan, the senior director of co-operate affairs at DUT, told News24.
The university called in police reinforcements to disperse the protesters and some students were arrested.
“These students cannot accept that they are no longer in charge of the student body,” said Nduna Khanyile, spokesperson for the SRC.
Khan said it seemed Sasco were trying to undermine the SRC.
“We just hope that student protests don’t disrupt the academic calendar. Students are here to study and get maximum benefit,” said Khan.
He estimated 300 to 400 of the 24 000 students on campus took part in the protest.