Students prevented from gathering at UKZN

2016-09-22 18:56

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Durban – Police at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus prevented a group of students from gathering on Thursday afternoon.

Students tried to assemble for a meeting, but rapidly dispersed when police arrived. Some pleaded with officers to allow them to hold their meeting as they were merely fighting for equality.

“Where has the violence occurred? Why are you pointing guns at us? We are paying R80 000,” one woman told officers in riot gear.

A man got down on his knees and said: “We are asking for a platform to seek a way forward. How can we do that if you keep stopping us?”

Mandla Mbuyiseni, a student claiming to be part of the #FeesMustFall movement, told News24 he tried to gather students so they could discuss their options.

“The purpose of gathering students was to make them aware of the protest that is currently happening on campus. We hoped to give it attention.”

He said he was not affiliated with any political organisation.

“Our affiliation is with students, not any political badge or party. We went to SRC meetings this week. No conclusion was reached in the meetings however.”

Mbuyiseni said he hoped to unite students.

“There is mass confusion and students are divided.”

UKZN spokesperson, Lesiba Seshoka, said in a statement that lectures at the Edgewood, Nelson Mandela Medical School and Westville campuses have not been affected. However, tests were disrupted on the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

 

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