DUT students in Midlands will continue protest — SRC

2016-02-18 12:05
DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Durban University of Technology SRC at the Midlands campuses have snubbed the institution’s latest attempts to resolve the ongoing protest action.

Classes were suspended on Monday after students protested over issues related to student funding, and were scheduled to resume yesterday.

However, some students decided to boycott lectures, instead attending a mass meeting at Indumiso Campus.

Students Representative Council (SRC) secretary-general Sandile Nene said they felt undermined by the management.

“First, the management is not prepared to meet with us. How can we have negotiations over e-mails and written documents? The management should know that we are not only coming with problems, but are coming with solutions as well,” he said.

The students submitted their memorandum on Monday and had given management 48 hours to respond.

SRC acting president Yoliswa Manele said about 500 students at Midlands campuses faced exclusion.

Manele accused the DUT of deliberately delaying the process of unblocking students who met National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) requirements but had not secured funding.

“Government, together with the university heads, made an announcement that all those who meet the NSFAS requirements should be allowed [to register],” she said.

Nene said other students faced a different dilemma after their NSFAS funding was withdrawn.

“They could not sign their loan agreements because there were glitches in the NSFAS system. It is not like they did not want to [sign the agreements],” he said.

Manele said they had not received their meal allowances since students returned to campus, and also complained of the high prices at the campus’s cafeteria.

The DUT said in a press statement by vice chancellor Ahmed Bawa they had “used the last two days to communicate with the SRC and to respond to their issues that were submitted on Tuesday morning”.

“Whilst we do not yet have a firm guarantee from the SRC that they will suspend their protest action, we have taken a decision to get back into class,” said Bawa.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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