DUT stops classes during strike

2011-07-22 00:00

THE Durban University of Technology (DUT) has suspended academic classes on its Durban campuses after what it called intimidation of students and staff during protests yesterday.

Alan Khan, senior director of corporate affairs at DUT, said several classes were disrupted at the Steve Biko and M.L. Sultan campuses.

The list of grievances presented by the student representative council (SRC) on Monday — when the protests first started — cite issues relating to book allowances, displeasure with the security company contracted to the university, financial aid and exclusion for non-payment of fees andthe state of the university’s cafeterias, among other things.

The protest does not appear to be related to the mass action staged by students at the Midlands campus, who want the SRC to be disbanded.

The Durban students, who were led by the SRC, questioned the university’s handling of the issues.

A meeting was held in Durban on Wednesday after students in the Midlands had raised a motion to have the appointment of the current student leaders overturned.

The Witness understands that the motion was dismissed because there was no one present to support it.

“As an institution we allocated tine and space and even provided transport for students to be ferried to Durban as the vast majority of students are here,” said Khan.

“When the dean of students read the motion, there was no one to support it. So the motion was not carried.”

Midlands students had vowed to boycott the Durban meeting.

Classes are expected to resume on Monday.

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