Students protest at MUT

2012-02-07 00:00

WHILE the academic year got off to a peaceful start at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT), students at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) protested yesterday.

MUT spokesperson Mbali Mkhize said student representatives and the university’s management met on Friday to discuss the eviction of students from the Lonsdale Hotel residence, an increase in the transport subsidy and student debts, among others.

Mkhize said management stood firm on the Lonsdale Hotel residence evictions because of safety issues.

“Management decided last year not to renew the Lonsdale Hotel lease because it was not conducive to student development.”

She said the SRC walked out of Friday’s meeting, having declared that the hotel had been upgraded to suit students’ needs, but management did not budge.

DUT media officer Sinegugu Ndlovu said it was quiet on the institution’s campuses, with academic courses running smoothly, despite a threat to strike received from the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union and the South African Students’ Congress.

“Classes at DUT will continue as normal and we do not anticipate a disruption to the academic programme,” she said.

UKZN spokesperson Indu Moodley said there were no protests at any of its campuses.

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