Protests close KZN campus

2012-08-23 19:15

Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal announced on Thursday that its Howard College campus would be closed because of student protests.

Continuing protests in the morning prompted the move, it said in a statement.

On Wednesday, police were called and used stun grenades to disperse students. They arrested five students.

All was quiet on Thursday afternoon, with a small police contingent present. The protests were over a lack of security at residences leased by the university for students.

The Mercury newspaper reported on Wednesday that a woman was raped two months ago at a residence in Montclair, Durban.

At the same residence last week, students were held up by armed robbers.

The two incidents allegedly sparked the protests in Durban.

On Thursday, overturned tables and refuse bins could still be seen on the campus.

Mbadi said the arrested students had been released and university management was trying to reach a peaceful solution with the students.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-23 19:28

    Where is Julius, Here is an opportunity for you to adress striking students!!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-24 05:09

      Exactly Tumi.... Wait for the Police "Umshini wami" and our "Gladiator" will definetely show face there......Eish

      yanga.dlokolo - 2012-08-24 08:15

      they call it cheap politics

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-23 19:36

    These hooligans are our future. God help us...

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-23 20:00

      My thoughts exactly!!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-24 05:12

      Sharon and Terry The Fairytale of South Africa is gone. Sad....realy sad.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-23 19:40

    Calling Juliusssss!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-24 05:13

      Im Calling Zumanji and Polici "Umshini Wami"

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-23 19:44

    See the bright kids learn, learn to dance, learn to throw stones, learn to hurl insults, learn to shout political slogans ... ahh yes, African Universities, something for Blade to be proud of. I wonder how many of these were previously disadvantaged (18 years ago already) and how many are currently disadvantaged (non AA compliant).... JUST ASKING.... (if the Census can ask so can I)

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-23 19:45

    These are the people that want everything.. The nature of the beasts

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-08-23 20:00

    to think that we got arrested at the same campus 40 years ago for quietly protesting with banners against apartheid......

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-23 20:15

      Happy and proud now I suppose. Sad to see your dreams turn into nightmears.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-08-24 11:04

      Remember our march through the city centre and the Special Branch taking photos of us...then getting their Campus Spies to fit our names to their pics...then the threatening letters to our parents? It was quite scary...

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-08-23 20:14

    Firstly it was Marikana, TUT,! Wits and KZN University also joint the so called revolutionary,whats next?? SA is in a crucial crisis, both private and public sector must fasten their seat belts and drive towards 1 direction with an aim of finding a holistic approach to remedy the situation.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-23 20:18

    If protests are a problem at any business/enterprise/institution of whateven nature just close it. Finish and klaar. Don't beg.

  • mknnko003 - 2012-08-23 20:18

    It is still not a reason to Vandalize University property! There is always a proper way of addressing such problems. How is causing routs going to solve the problem. Given the right platform to complain, you hardly show up. Some students are disgrace to the Higher Education in this Country. Nxa!

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-08-23 20:45

    Makes one wonder who the criminals are!

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-23 21:36

    Once a proud institution and now we went backward where many qualified and held a tertiarty education under opressors but now we have a mass of uneducated academics.....Burn everything you can and break everything you can as you are all the subject of something that went wrong ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-08-24 08:11

    18 years of democracy and we are back to the protest days of the 70's, 80's and early 90's. Wonderful, should have voted NO in the referendum!

  • abusufyaan.ahmad - 2012-08-24 10:47

    protesting violently for peace and safety? sic!

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