UKZN campus shut down as students, management continue

2019-02-13 17:56
A gate that was derailed by protesting students at the UKZN campus in Alan Paton Avenue. (File photo)

A gate that was derailed by protesting students at the UKZN campus in Alan Paton Avenue. (File photo)

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Howard College campus will remain closed this week as negotiations between management and students continue.

In a communiqué to students, the university said executive management decided to suspend the academic programme. Lectures are earmarked to begin next Monday.

"This suspension will allow management the space to continue to engage the student leadership and deal with issues raised. Other operations of the university will continue as normal," read the e-mail to students on Wednesday.

The protest is in response to a provincial call to shut down universities following students' demand for free, quality education.

Central SRC secretary general at UKZN, Siyabonga Khumalo, previously said financial exclusion was a running theme for the protests.

"Students must pay 50% of money [they owe in order] to register. We are saying this is not possible. It's hard for people to come up with that much money at this time of year."

READ: Academic activities at TUT campuses remain suspended

Last week students burnt two cars - one belonging to the university security services at Westville campus. the other car was a private vehicle at Howard College.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to try to disperse the crowd as running battles with groups of students ensued and violence escalated.

Tyres, trees and other objects were also burnt to create makeshift barricades, blocking the police.

Public Order Police had to be deployed to various universities in the city where students protested.

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