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UKZN student protests continue

2010-04-13 12:49

Durban - Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were protesting on the Howard College campus on Tuesday morning, the students' representative council (SRC) said.

“We are continuing with the protest. At the moment we are busy with negotiations with management. We are confident that we might reach an agreement,” said Thanduxolo Sabelo, president of the SRC.

The students wanted the university to provide accommodation for about 200 students.

They were also upset that around 200 students were excluded from studying because they could not afford to pay their fees.

The food at the university was not up to standard and food prices were extremely high, Sabelo said.

UKZN students from the Edgewood campus protested on Monday.

Police Director Phindile Radebe said they had not received any reports of disruptions on the campus but they were ready for any situation.

In March students from the Durban University of Technology protested against poor accommodation and high food prices. When students went on the rampage, police fired rubber bullets resulting in university management closing the institution.

A task team was appointed by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to address problems facing that institution.