Howard College strike will go on, say students

2011-03-02 00:00

ILLEGAL strike action and disruption to lectures continued for a second day at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College yesterday.

Police had to enforce order both yesterday and on Monday after students, who had divided into small groups, intimidated non-protesting students, blockading the entrance at the main gate and disrupting lectures.

UKZN spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said on Monday that the students had not applied for permission to hold the protests and that the university had not received a memorandum of their grievances.

While the students have since informed the university that the demonstrations will continue today, permission has not been granted by the university, and it still has not received the list of the students’ complaints.

“Management has requested a meeting with the student leadership to discuss and address the issues of concern.

“The students held a student meeting at Howard College to discuss recent events regarding the protest.

Students have informed the university that the student protest action will continue tomorrow, March 2.

“Executive management and the student leadership will meet tomorrow morning to address the impasse and resolve the issues,” said Mbadi.

However, she denied claims made by the Democratic Alliance student wing at Howard College that the university has intervened to secure bail and release the five students who were arrested for public violence on Monday.

While police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that the case was withdrawn, Mbadi said the senior prosecutor decided to drop the charges,upon reviewing all the statements and conducting interviews.

She said the university had nothing to do with the charges being dropped.

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