DUT protest mild in PMB

2008-02-05 00:00

Police yesterday could not verify online reports that students at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the Durban University of Technology took part in the damage of property, as was the case at its sister branch, the Steve Biko campus in Durban, following a campus-wide student protest on Monday.

SAPS spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said police were called to the campus as a protective measure to ensure that peace was maintained throughout the day-long protest at Indumiso in Imbali.

However, there was no police intervention and no official case was opened by the Technikon.

"There were students protesting, but no vehicles were damaged and no damage of property was reported. However, there were students burning tyres outside school property, which was controlled after they were told they could iron things out internally," said Jeevan.

The president of the Midlands Student Representative Council (SRC), Linda Madlala, said they joined in the strike with an understanding of the operation.

"We have always been against the destruction of infrastructure, which is how we managed to contain the students and maintain peace. We went into the protest with the understanding that this was our institution and we love it. It is not property we are fighting with, but management, and if we break infrastructure, the money we are fighting for will be used to fix the breakages."

He said they would be meeting with management in the central offices when school resumes.

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