UKZN obtains court interdict against protest

2015-02-13 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal has obtained a high court interdict and restraining order protecting the university against unlawful protests.

This as the strike at the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus simmered down yesterday, with many students not attending their lectures ­nonetheless.

A smaller group of about 30 protesters continued their strike at the campus without affecting the lectures, which continued yesterday.

According to a lecturer who asked not to be named, classes are continuing but “not many students pitched up [yesterday]”.

Members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) are rumoured to have begun meetings and negotiations with university management to deliberate a solution to their woes.

Strike action broke out in the ­Edgewood, Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses at the beginning of the week, with a 12% fee increase as the motivating factor.

UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said lectures at the three campuses have been disrupted but management has been engaged in discussions with the SRC.

“We are unaware of the reasons for the protests as these students have not raised their concerns through the ­correct channels,” Seshoka said.

He confirmed that the university has obtained a high court interdict and ­restraining order.

“Students are urged to cease and ­desist from engaging in illegal and ­destructive acts while dialogue is in progress,” Seshoka added.

SRC chairperson Richard Mhlongo and his deputy, Mongezi Mthalane, could not be reached for comment.

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