Calm at DUT following students' court appearances

2016-09-29 20:50
DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

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Durban – The Durban University of Technology (DUT) was on Thursday calm following a week of protests by students.

Earlier, a group of students was at the Durban Magistrates Court where two fellow students appeared and were remanded in custody.

The 26-year old male and 19-year-old female will appear again at the court on October 6 pending further investigation.

In opposing bail the state argued that the male had pending matters, including one that was also committed at DUT. The other was in Umlazi.

He faces charges of possession of explosives‚ inciting police‚ obstructing traffic‚ illegal gathering and being a public nuisance.

The female student‚ believed to be a member of the DUT student representative council‚ in her appearance requested to remain in police custody saying she suffered from hypertension. She said the stress of prison would aggravate her condition.

Lectures suspended

She was however sent to Westville Prison after Magistrate Jackie Jancko said the prison had medical facilities. She is facing charges that include public violence‚ convening an illegal meeting and failing to obey police instruction.

Following the court appearances students briefly chanted and danced before heading back to DUT.

Police and protesting DUT students clashed at the Coastlands Hotel in Musgrave on Wednesday following a meeting between student leadership, university management and government.

Protests have gripped DUT since it re-opened on Monday. Protesting students removed others from lecture rooms at the ML Sultan and Ritson campuses on their first day back.

Students also marched on city campus. On their way, students brought Warwick Junction to a standstill by blocking traffic.

University spokesperson Alan Khan said lectures at all campuses were suspended on Thursday and Friday following protests. 

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