City’s DUT students to protest

2011-07-20 00:00

A PROTEST is planned today by students at the midlands campus of the Durban University of Technology (DUT), against the university’s decision to hold a student mass meeting in Durban that is meant to address Pietermaritzburg issues.

Management at DUT called the meeting to address the concerns of students about the student representative council (SRC) after receiving a petition from students at the midlands campus.

These students say the SRC lacks transparency and has squandered money meant for clubs and societies.

One of the protesters, ANCYL secretary at DUT Lindani Duma, said they oppose the meeting being held in Durban since SRC members will lobby students to vote in their favour.

“It is clear who management is siding with. That is why students can be assaulted … but at the end there is no accountability.”

Two students who were beaten on Saturday claim they were told the assault had to do with their taking part in a petition calling for the SRC to be dissolved.

The SRC could not be reached yesterday as the president’s cellphone was switched off.

Alan Khan, senior director of corporate affairs at DUT, said the university is aware of the incident and that internal processes will be followed to investigate the matter further.

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