Student protesters march through DUT

2016-10-04 13:04

(Kaveel Singh)

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Durban – A small group of protesters gathered at the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday and attempted to remove students from classes.

The group of about 50 protesters, were met with empty classrooms and a sparse student population.

The protesters began marching from Steve Biko Road, making their way through Ritson and ML Sultan Campuses in an effort to gather more support.

However, many students merely walked away from the protesters or vacated classes and continued studies outside.

Speaking to News24, one female student said: "We understand the plight, but we are tired now and we need to study."

At ML Sultan campus, an EFF student leader commended students on their resolve and called on Indian students to join their cause.

"The Indians are not here and we are saying they must come join the cause. They must not just ignore all this. When we get no fees they will also be benefitting."

Another leader urged students to prepare for mass action and a mass meeting on Wednesday.

"We must all mobilise and get behind our cause."

Protesters then moved to Steve Biko campus where they again found little support.

Lectures, tests halted

Disruptions at DUT’s Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses on Monday prompted the institution to suspend its academic programme.

This was after a mass meeting on the Steve Biko campus in Durban, where student leaders told those unwilling to participate in protests to "go home".

According to a statement previously issued by DUT's Professor Theo Andrew, all lectures and tests had been halted.

"Despite commencing with the academic programme earlier this morning, protesters disrupted classes and prevented lectures from taking place. We also had disturbances in the library," he said.

"In Pietermaritzburg a group of protesters were involved in action outside the Indumiso campus."

He added that the situation had compromised the safety of students and staff.

"We realise that this stop-start scenario is not ideal. We are also well aware that the exam season is around the corner. I did meet with our SRC this morning and we have made progress with regard to their concerns. We will issue another update this evening," he said.

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