Students to continue DUT boycott

2010-04-06 00:00

STUDENTS of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Pietermaritzburg have vowed not to go back to lectures until their grievances about food and accommodation are heard.

SRC president Sipho Mdliva said management made things difficult by refusing to meet student representatives last week. Students will not go back to classes unless management meet them to discuss food and accommodation issues, he added.

He said some students have been sleeping in the boardroom due to a lack of accommodation at the Durban campus.

Recently The Witness reported on the students’ protest over the poor quality and price of food at the Indumiso campus in Imbali.

The protest has forced management to close both the Indumiso and the Riverside campuses in Woodhouse Road.

A special adviser to the vice chancellor, Gops Chetty, said Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has set up a task team to investigate the matter.

Chetty said, “The critical point is that students must go back to classes or they will lose out this semester. The task team is investigating … and if students decide not go to classes, there will be no make-up time. Hopefully good sense will prevail.”

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