Car, office torched at DUT after protest 'ends'

2016-10-05 10:14
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Police are investigating a case of arson after an office and a car were torched at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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A source, who did not want to be named, said the car had been partially burned and that the office of the deputy vice chancellor had been gutted by fire.

The source said a case of arson had been opened and that detectives had visited the scene in the morning.

This after DUT management on Tuesday announced that talks with the student representative council (SRC) had been fruitful and the protest over free tertiary education had been brought to an end.

According to a statement on Tuesday by Deputy Vice Chancellor Theo Andrew, the SRC confirmed that from Wednesday student protests would be suspended and that all classes would resume.

"However, the police will still be monitoring the situation at DUT and we have been advised by police management that they will take the necessary action to prevent any further disruption to our academic calendar," he said.

Andrew said DUT students in Pietermaritzburg had agreed to return to class following a meeting on Monday night. He added that the SRC would meet with students on Tuesday in Durban.

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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