UKZN strikers threaten to resume

2008-03-20 00:00

THE student leadership at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal called off the protests at the campus yesterday, but warned that these could resume when the university re-opens after the Easter holidays.

Students boycotted and disrupted classes on Monday.

On Tuesday, the strike continued, but turned violent when police fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of protesters. Four students were injured and 16 arrested, but later were released.

The students are protesting over the “lack of accommodation” at the local campus.

Secretary-general of UKZN’s central SRC, Kwazi Mshengu, said student representatives will continue engaging UKZN management.

“The engagements will continue over the holiday period. We will, however, resume the strike should our demands not be met when we go back to campus …,” he told The Witness.

In a statement released yesterday, the university said all academic programmes will continue as normal and confirmed that talks were ongoing.

The students are also demanding a re-write of some of the tests written during the two days of the strike. A student delegation was supposed to meet the deputy vice chancellors yesterday to discuss the matter.

“The meeting did not materialise as we were told that the vice chancellors were not available yesterday. The issue will form part of the agenda for talks over the holidays,” Mshengu said.

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