UKZN joins national fees protest

2015-10-22 10:39
UKZN students hold up placards during their protest yesterday. Negotiations with management entered their third week.

UKZN students hold up placards during their protest yesterday. Negotiations with management entered their third week. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal joined a national campaign to stop the institution from increasing fees next year.

The academic programme was interrupted at the Westville and Howard College campuses with tests being postponed.

The university has also postponed until January a Guinness World Record attempt, involving 1 600 pupils (in the category of the largest practical science lesson ever done) that was scheduled for this Saturday, at Westville Sports Centre.

“University management is in discussions with the SRC regarding the fee increase for 2016. Once a decision is made the outcome will be announced to the university community,” said spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

He said additional security measures have been put in place to monitor the situation on all campuses.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said no arrests were made yesterday.

SA Students Congress provincial secretary Phinda Mofokeng commended the students for the “peaceful” protest and said the protest will be spreading to Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and the University of Zululand.

MUT spokesperson Zwelakhe Shangase said a decision had not been taken yet on a fee increase.

University of Zululand said “the university did not take any decision on fee increases”

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