Protesting students set car alight

2011-02-10 12:06

Durban - Protesting Durban University of Technology students have set one of the institution’s cars alight and thrown rocks at the executive director's office on the Pietermaritzburg campus, the Witness reported on Thursday.

There had been protests on all campuses and Wednesday’s violence forced the institution to suspend classes.

Since the beginning of the semester, students had demanded financial aid towards the BTech degree, which was not allowed by the higher education department and the National Students' Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Vice chancellor Ahmed Bawa said they suspended classes because of vandalism and fears for the safety of staff and students.

He said the university was continuing to talk to the department and NSFAS about the matter.

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  • Paul - 2011-02-10 12:17

    Hey ! this is only half a story - wheres the bit about the police opening fire with water cannons to disperse them? How many were arrested? Were any of them smoking cigarettes less than 20 metres from the door? come on news 24.

  • JWT - 2011-02-10 12:18

    Just another prime example of what is wrong with Africa.

      jka - 2011-02-10 13:05

      except that student protests happen all over the world, or have you forgottne london just a few months ago?

      modefan - 2011-02-10 13:22

      Yes but I didn't protest, I was happy to be able to study...why shouldn't we call them baboons if they behave like baboons?

      King - 2011-02-10 13:43

      Should we now call all Greek and French protesters baboons/monkeys? They do it every other month over there. They torch cars, petrol-bomb buildings, riot, ransack the streets, all in the name of their demands being met. But don't let that get in the way of your little Afro-bashing exercise.

      modefan - 2011-02-10 15:44

      @King Shaka.. we are not in Greece or France, we are here and we have our own problems, uneducated people are one of them, these kids already have their diploma, they can go work and pay for education themselves like the rest of us, oh, and I HAVE A AFRO MYSELF, so go f@@@ yourself

      jikamajika - 2011-02-10 15:48

      hi! jwt y involving africa on this matter? have u once in your live time observe any stone throw in Botswana? part of Africa for your information.

      Ian - 2011-02-10 15:48

      @modefan and where have you seen a baboon throuwing rocks at the executive director's office and burning a university car? Stop the name calling and lets move forward.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-10 12:23

    Yeah and someone else will pay for the damage. Heavenly

      Tonsil - 2011-02-10 13:13

      Add the cost of the damages to their varsity fees

  • Speedy.zn - 2011-02-10 12:24

    and what do these students expect to achieve from this, to be welcomed back with open arms to the university once their demands are met after all the destruction they caused.... they really MUST be stupid!

  • 123online123 - 2011-02-10 12:28

    Oh heaven on earth according to our president.

  • fullmoon1 - 2011-02-10 12:31

    break, destroy, tear down till everyone is equal, with nothing left to be proud of and all live in's the 'african' way.

      jka - 2011-02-10 13:06

      protests in london, francem greece etc just don't count then? or is that an african influence?

      cancer1983 - 2011-02-10 13:30

      @jka - Sure there are protest in other parts of the world but look at the frequency. One protest in London, France or Greece makes world headlines because it's so rare. In Africa? If you don't like the portions at McDonalds that's reason enough to protest AND burn the McDonalds down.

      PB - 2011-02-10 15:49

      jka - would you be so kind as to explain to me why they have to destroy stuff? They are told that there is no money to sponsor their varsity jol, then they go and vandalise the property (which will cost money to replace/repair)= the bit of money that might have been there, has found new holes to fill - sorrrry forr youuuuu! As far as I can recall the destruction in London was minute compared to what happens at every little get-together of the Juliaaas-generation. So yes, it seems to me to be an african influence we are talking about here. Sorry, f'n sorry. I have been trying for years now to understand how the sum works :- You have 1 school = 1 school You destroy 1 school = F'all school You need to replace said school = R-plenty You do not have R-plenty = Apartheid's fault = burn/loot/destroy some more things because you now do not have 1 school available. How about going about using your brains and communication skills to achieve what is obviously so unbelieveably important to you (or shall I say them, before I get accused again of anti-black anti-ANC propaganda)

  • radicalroy - 2011-02-10 12:33

    Damn, I want an R8 for FREEEEEEEE, who else wants one?, lets go bust up an Audi center...................... I want a free ...................... this beginnning to set a trend the authorities must put an end to this

      jka - 2011-02-10 13:07

      R8 is a luxury. an education should not be.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-10 12:39

    How very 80's of them. Their parents must be beaming with pride.

  • M Jubes - 2011-02-10 12:43

    Hmmm.... let me put on my surprised face...

  • saliem - 2011-02-10 12:55

    Don't worry... be happy. It's the tribal way of resolving disputes :P

  • King - 2011-02-10 13:43

    Should we now call all Greek and French protesters baboons/monkeys? They do it every other month over there. They torch cars, petrol-bomb buildings, riot, ransack the streets, all in the name of their demands being met. But don't let that get in the way of your little Afro-bashing exercise.

      TheBokFan - 2011-02-10 15:10

      Totally agree with you. It is a VERY bad habit that certain bloggers use on this site. Even if it is not intentionally used in a racist way, it should be avoided as it has very bad connotations. Europeans strike and riot and burn as good or better than anyone in the world!

  • tilovonbrandis - 2011-02-10 15:23

    Its all part of heaven... ANC heaven. I hope they have lots of Video Cameras and each student being caught vandalising should be charged criminally and civily, i.e. get a criminal record and pay for the damage caused. If this government has guts to stand up to their misbehaving and embarrasing (maybe they dont feel embarrased because nothing is wrong) then this will stop all futur vandalism. I, as a tax payer, am sick to work my ass off to pay for the damage caused by some useless thugs that believe they should get everything stuffed up their a-hole because they demand.

  • Amawele - 2011-02-17 13:07

    as a dut student:now i know y ppl say A GOOD INDIEN IS A DEAD ONE dut is managed by the indiens and they always want to do things in their own way last yeAR they promsd to pay for our studies but now they ssaying that we sould go and look for jobs they wont pay us so if they dont do as we want the to do we force them as u can see we dont want romance the management anymore

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-07-20 16:43

    These people should not even be given entrance to the University if this is how they intend behaving... They have absolutely no culture ... they want to study but they behave like animal (don't care which country, what race, what University. This seems to be the playground to teach them how to behave like hooligans... If they are caught breaking, torching things, vandalizing anything, prohibit them from entering again. There are students who are really keen to learn and these elements are disruptive!

  • gazzaz - 2011-07-20 16:54

    So typical we WANT WANT WANT, and will behave like this unless we GET GET GET....

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