Protests suspended at DUT – deputy vice chancellor

2016-10-04 15:25
DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

DUT protest (Picture: Supplied)

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Durban – The Durban University of Technology (DUT) says protests have been officially suspended after management reached an agreement with its student representative council (SRC).

According to a statement by Deputy Vice Chancellor Theo Andrew, the SRC confirmed that, from Wednesday, student protest action 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. Andrew added that the SRC would meet with students on Tuesday in Durban.

"Now that we have reached a resolution with our SRC, the academic programme will resume on all campuses."

Andrew said the various academic departments would update all students on a revised test and examination schedule once the academic programme resumes.

Small group of protesters

"Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank all staff, students, parents and guardians for their patience, support and understanding – whilst we were managing and dealing with the disruptions over the last week," he said.

SRC president Zama Mncube was not immediately available for comment.

A small group of protesters gathered at the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday, attempting to remove students from classes.

The group of around 50 protesters was met with empty classrooms and a sparse student population.

The protesters began marching from Steve Biko Road, making their way to the Ritson and ML Sultan campuses in an effort to gather more support.

However, many students merely walked away from the protesters or vacated classes and continued studying outside.

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