Classes suspended at DUT

2013-02-05 19:04

Durban - Student protests about accommodation shortages and other issues disrupted lectures at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday, a spokesman said.

DUT spokesperson Alan Khan said a decision to suspend lectures was made in the morning.

"The level of threats were sufficient for police to advise us to close the campuses," he said.

Lectures were scheduled to resume again on Wednesday, but a heavy security and police presence would be maintained at the university's seven campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Khan said the university's student representative council had tabled a list of demands with the university's management.

The DUT had been allocated R234m from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for students who sought financial assistance.

Khan said the DUT had approached NSFAS for additional funding for those students who had not received assistance.

"Our hands are tied in this. The funding does not come from the university. It comes from NSFAS."

He said the DUT provided accommodation for 4 700 students, but that there was a shortfall of between 500 and 600 beds.

The institution had 24 500 enrolled students of which 12 500 were receiving financial assistance.

Khan said there were 70 000 applications for the 6 600 places available this year.

SRC chairperson Ayanda Ngidi could not be reached for comment.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said he was not aware of any incidents where the police had been forced to act.

Durban's Daily News reported on Tuesday that about 1 000 students staged a protest march on the offices of university rector Ahmed C Bawa on Monday.

  • Xenswim1 - 2013-02-05 19:20

    Every year the same old C**P from these students. In short they should be flogged then sent home.

  • siphok1 - 2013-02-05 19:33

    dont they ever get tired of striking for the same thing every year... indeed this is Durban University of Toy-toying. striking module compulsory.

  • kyletheking.oelofse - 2013-02-05 19:35

    Why am I not surprised that there are no whites in the crowd? Disgusting!

  • carolyn.simshandcock - 2013-02-05 19:57

    Half of them on handouts yet they still have the gall to DEMAND! What the hell?

      nst.nyawo - 2013-02-05 21:41

      You are stupid. What handouts?????

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2013-02-05 20:07

    Total BS every year its the same old same old, perhaps DUT are actual running causes in urban terrorism, toy toying and general public mayhem ;) and these guys are the potential Uni graduates!

  • DeonvanRensburg - 2013-02-05 20:14

    Just suspend lectures permanently - they're not there to study

      nst.nyawo - 2013-02-05 21:40

      You are mad.

  • IantheJ - 2013-02-05 20:17

    Here we go again. The same year after year.Expel the lot of them.

  • SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-05 21:34

    What I want to know is, why are there "unions" like COSAS allowed onto university premises? In today's world students can go to newspapers to complain about conditions. These anarchist groups have no place in schools.

      Strikeback - 2013-02-05 22:17

      This is the leaders of tomorrow. Learning how ro be useless and unproductive from the start. Discipline is not in their vocabulary. Always protestin about something.

  • Twolips - 2013-02-05 22:58

    When DUT was just an ordinary Technicon is was a lovely place to learn and the students always did well. My son may now have an ordinary Diploma from there, and not a "degree", but he has always had fantastic jobs both here and overseas.

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