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Durban - Teaching was expected to resume on Thursday after protests hit a college in Durban this week.

The protests over funding, investigations into racism and staff performance, took place at the Asherville campus of the eThekwini Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College on Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the crowd was dispersed later in the day.

“Students protested outside the college premises, demanding financial assistance. Police dispersed the crowd. No injuries were sustained and no case had been opened at this stage.”

Officers from the police’s Public Order Policing unit and the eThekwini Metro Police could be seen monitoring the events at the campus on Wednesday.

After the protests discussions between the management and students resumed.

Rahimodeen Cadir, principal of the eThekwini TVET, said students had complaints related to bursaries from the Department of Higher Education that were administered by the National Student Financial Aid scheme.

He said students were also unhappy at the pace of an investigation into an alleged case of racism and a probe into alleged poor performance of certain staff.

Cadir said that teaching would continue as usual on Thursday and that a meeting would be held on Monday with the student representative council as well as some other students in a bid to resolve the issues.

TVET’s have replaced the former Further Education and Training (FET) colleges. The eThekwini TVET has a student body of about 8 000 students on six campuses, including the Asherville campus.

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