UKZN suspends academic programmes

2015-10-22 11:51
UKZN Westville campus.

UKZN Westville campus. (Avir, Twitter)

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Durban – All academic programmes have been suspended at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) following a nationwide student protest, the university said on Thursday.

Lectures were disrupted on Wednesday when students joined the national fees protest.  

UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement that the executive management took the decision to suspend programmes on Thursday and Friday at all five campuses.

He said the academic programme would resume on Monday.

"The University of KwaZulu-Natal is aware of the national call by [the South African Students Congress] and for all university students to engage in protest action. The University respects the rights of students to protest in a peaceful manner and to act in accordance with the law."

Seshoka said additional security measures had been put in place to monitor the situation on all UKZN campuses.

Westville Student Representative Council [SRC] spokesperson Nash Khumalo said no violence from protesting students had been reported.

“We are extremely happy with the behaviour of our comrades. Campus has been closed while we negotiate with management regarding this protest.”

Khumalo said two students who had been arrested for violence earlier this year, had been released. 

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