Cops keep watch after KZN varsity protest

2013-03-14 12:22

Durban - Police were keeping watch at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday after a student was injured during a protest.

Captain Thulani Zwane said police were patrolling the area. He said no violent incidents had been reported.

A student was hit on the head with a brick during protests at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. Students started protesting on Monday for better accommodation after spending the weekend in "unsafe hotels in the Point area", The Mercury reported.

On Friday, about 500 students were reportedly left without accommodation after being forced to check out of the Coastlands Hotel to make way for a long-standing booking.

The university had been paying for students to stay at the hotel because of problems in residences.

According to The Mercury, it had organised for the students to be accommodated at the Royal Hotel, but they were refused entry.

Lectures were disrupted on Wednesday and a student was hit on the head with a brick.

"We will not stop until we are given proper accommodation," a student leader was quoted as telling the protesters.

The university told the newspaper it had obtained a court interdict "restraining any further disruptions and illegal gatherings on the university's five campuses".

University spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the injured student had been taken to hospital.

  • Robin - 2013-03-14 12:31

    Burn it down!!

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2013-03-14 13:12

      Its disgusting how we are suppose to study in these conditions.

      Justin4aSecond - 2013-03-14 13:15

      We want, we want, we want! I had to pay my own accommodation, food, books and tuition fees. And no, my father wasn't a rich man. I had to do after hours jobs to pay for these myself. And to make matters worse, 90% of them will come out of that university with a degree, and know NOTHING. I can't tell you how many of them I've interviewed with Bachelors and even Honors degrees, which knows absolutely nothing. Cry my beloved country.

  • Khulubuse Zuma - 2013-03-14 12:47

    u-KZN so typical

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 14:46

      It's the Ferrel Kingdom!

  • KReddy - 2013-03-14 12:52

    Being a postgrad full time masters student at said university I support this strike. Students from far of we're approved for accommodation only to be left in darkness and without water at the contracted of campus res due to poor facilities management of the contractor. Lights and water was not paid to the local municipality. Students were being moved around since 14 Feb 2013 and last week were dropped of at a hotel and the hotel could not accommodate due to bookings mixup. Students slept on the street of Point Road till 7am the next day. Point Road is durbans hilbrow. And the university is sugar coating to the press and via communiques to the university community. It does not take a month to resolve accommodation issues especially after approving the accom for students. I'm sure they knew of the pending problems as they were aware of the failing obligations by the first contractor earlier this year. FYI if people get racial, blacks whites Indians and coloureds are affected by this and they are ALL striking

      QuestionSam - 2013-03-14 13:09

      I understand your comment, but are you not blaming the government you have voted into power? or are you just going to vote for the same service levels again?

      KReddy - 2013-03-14 13:15

      How do you know who I voted for? So if I say the DA is that a slap to your face? These students have been holding back protests for a while due to promises made by ukzn staff. Push has come to shove. Do you see any other option for them? I do not condone any violence on the students part though.

      Shaun David Corrigan - 2013-03-14 14:17

      A Masters student with all of those grammatical errors? I guess it shows the standards of a once great institution.

      Zee Madlala - 2013-03-14 14:39

      maybe he's not an english masters student, hey shaun. and proficiency in english does NOT prove intelligence. as long as you understand what he is saying.

      Shaun David Corrigan - 2013-03-14 15:26

      If you are studying at an English speaking institution you should be able to use the language correctly. Universities in England have a strict language requirement, and no latitude is given when writing. South African degrees are now viewed with extreme skepticism here in the UK. I know this because I completed my undergraduate degree at KZN, and subsequent degrees at Oxford, and King's College London.

      Philip - 2013-03-14 17:30

      Um, much did you pay for this accommodation??

      KReddy - 2013-03-14 18:04

      Its actually a mathematical dissertation. So when you people have no other retort you resort you personal attacks? And I am not on the student accomodation but it costs R20000 a year excluding meals. And english is not my first language. Let's see you antagonists being this proficient in another tongue. There are checks in place to handle language for a dissertation, as long as the content is my own. People are so against transformation its mind boggling. In this country when the wealth had to be spread out thinly the waxed of Apartheid decide to insult as they're being overlooked. Guess its too bad your turn is over. Despite the corruption that has set in into the surrent political dispensation, I would say, in my opinion that they've done a lot for millions more people that were completely sidelined in the past. The South Africa white's speak of was so good as everything was provided for them while millions of the rightful people of this country faced abject poverty created by racial legislation. No wonder the retaliation is on the rise - the sense of being robbed of your toys to a bigger baby is painful. Grow up and realise that your time is PAST.

  • gareth6pike - 2013-03-14 12:58

    i wouldn't want my kids to go to that university any more. better save up for UCT.

      Stephen - 2013-03-14 14:14

      I went there, and believe me you don't want your kids to go there! It used to be good...until we merged with UDW, then most of the good lecturers left. Apparently the IT Department is very good though.

  • Phillys Winterbottom - 2013-03-14 13:00

    aaahhh yessss," de universitie of effrican exsellence" with it riots, rapes, crooks, demands,racism, and swathes of useless coorupt effrican "ekedemics" with falsified CV's. carry on and farck it up like you do with most institutions that were handed to you in good working order.

  • Barbara Klusener Smillie - 2013-03-14 13:08

    The university's deterioration over the years is depressing. Most of us Durbanites scratch for loans

  • Mark Denzil Barnard - 2013-03-14 13:14

    Very late to the party, News24. The cops have been on campus since Monday, there's been rumblings about strikes since early February, there are a multitude of issues that need dealing with (including the university's apparently inefficient RAC student funding program, registration errors, bureaucratic stuff-ups and so on). Student frustration is exceptionally high, and as a non-striking student I believe the main blame can be laid at the door of various university departments that just aren't running well. That said, violent student response - attacks on fellow students, lecturers and property - just isn't on, and the strikers would gain far more sympathy if they could rein in such behaviour. These strikes happen year in and year out - the common denominator here seems to be UKZN, considering students and student leaders come and go all the time. I want to be proud of my university, not worried about whether driving the 80km round trip to lectures is going to be worth it.

  • gladness - 2013-03-14 13:25

    Why is it than whenever us blacks want change, or our way, we resort to violence??? No wonder other race groups hate us

      Stephen - 2013-03-14 14:16

      Hate is too strong a word, and not just blacks, but well done for acknowledging there is a problem.

  • Desire Jean Zwane - 2013-03-14 14:36

    lmao..still no one knows where the brick came from, that brick is my only concern, its bugging me lol

  • Mi Opinion - 2013-03-14 15:56

    Here we go again.... as a Durban resident I will NEVER have my sons study at that circus they call a varsity. Every year, you have the same nonsense... if it is not the students going on a rampage, it is the personnel or academic staff who go on strike. And instead of acting decisively the varsity management as always, will try and 'resolve' the issues with kid gloves. Useless lot.... !!

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2013-03-17 14:38

    Are we really becoming more and more abnormal, what is this students accommodated in a five star hotel? I don't know Coastlands but Royal Hotel is an exclusive hotel. Crazy!

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