Court order limits Tvet ‘ringleaders’

2019-02-27 06:01

THE sheriff of the high court has been ordered to deliver an interdict to members of the South African Student Congress of the uMgungundlovu Tvet College.

It prevents from them from unlawfully blocking or obstructing access to any of the college’s campuses, premises or workplaces, intimidating employees or students and causing public disorder.

They have also been prevented from disrupting any learning.

A provisional order was granted a few weeks ago and extended on Monday by the Pietermaritzburg high court.

The interdict is also against the “ring-leaders or main instigators of the unlawful actions” — Bongiwe Langa, Sphumelelo Mbanjwa, Sthembile Kunene, Thembile Phoswa and Lungani Dlamini.

Acting principal of the college, Morris Zondi, said in court papers that the protests are based on a dispute over the college’s decision to close a boarding hostel at the Plessislaer campus.

“This is because the applicant (college) cannot afford the costs of maintaining boarding facilities that serve only two percent of the student population. The buildings are also required for classrooms,” he said.

Zondi said that protesting students had prevented other students from registering last month.

Zondi said that the protest action has spread to all the campuses.

There have also been incidents of “low-level and petty sabotage” at the Msunduzi campus.

The campus manager was verbally abused and manhandled by one of the students, Dlamini.

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