Students disrupt lectures at Howard College, Edgewood

2014-02-12 00:00

LECTURES at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Edgewood and Howard College campuses were disrupted as a student protest entered its second day.

Classes at the Westville campus resumed with minimal disturbance yesterday following Monday’s illegal protest by students.

Three students were arrested at Edgewood College in Pinetown after they had contravened the high court interdict obtained by the university last week.

The interdict protects the university against unlawful, violent and disruptive gatherings and mass action.

The university said about 150 students engaged in protest action at Edgewood campus yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, on the Howard College campus a small group of students had been reported to be engaging in disruptive behaviour.

UKZN’s spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said police and the university’s Risk Management Services dispersed the students.

“Students are assured that lectures are continuing on all five campuses of the university, including the Edgewood campus.”

Seshoka said they had increased security on campus and said they were determined to ensure that the university’s core operations of teaching and learning remains uninterrupted.

The protesting students are unhappy about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Meanwhile, four students arrested at Westville campus on Monday were released yesterday because of a lack of evidence, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said.

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