Police called to monitor Msunduzi FET students

2016-02-10 11:37
Midlands College students burn tyres during a strike against the relocation of lectures last week. The SRC maintains there will be no lectures or registration until the college management is ready to talk.

Midlands College students burn tyres during a strike against the relocation of lectures last week. The SRC maintains there will be no lectures or registration until the college management is ready to talk. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A protest by Msunduzi FET College students on Tuesday afternoon brought the public order police to the campus doors to control the situation.

Around 200 students gathered at the back of the college in Pietermaritz Street on Tuesday to protest against the suspension of a student leader.

“Our fellow student was suspended for voicing the issues of the college students. Now he is not being allowed onto campus and we are protesting against this,” said a student, who would not be named for fear of victimisation.

uMgungundlovu FET College principal Ntombi Ntshangase said on Tuesday that a “commotion” had occurred at the Msunduzi campus following the “precautionary suspension” of one student.

“The student was charged with damage to college property late last year and the college will be holding a disciplinary hearing for him this Friday,” she said.

“We have informed the parents that some students are being disruptive and are trying to prevent other students from attending classes, but otherwise lessons are continuing as usual.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said it appeared as if the protesting students were arguing among themselves, and the public order police were called to monitor and control the situation.

“There were no injuries or malicious damage to property during the incident,” he said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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