UKZN students want police off campus

2016-10-14 21:47

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Durban – Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Westville have spoken out against the presence of police on the campus on Friday. 

Students spoke to media from inside the Oval residence where the group peacefully marched and chanted.  

Student activist Banda Mtsingana said the fight for free education would only end once their goal was achieved.

"This campus will remain closed until we get a zero fee situation. We are not fighting for just black students. We are fighting for white, black, Indian, coloured – we are fighting just for free education."

Mtsingana said if police left the campus there would not be any violence.

"All we want to do is march through our university for free education. Yet this university management come[s] with their interdict and the police go at us so hard."

Campus 'militarised'

Mtsingana said the university had gone back to the "dom pass" system.

"You are not allowed to not have your student card. If you do not have your student card you can even be arrested. You have to enter campus holding your student card up high."

Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) representative Londiwe Makhanya said the campus had become militarised. 

"The moment you start introducing police to this campus, what are you saying? You militarise an institution with innocent students. This is why we have clashes. We are saying if police were not here it would not become violent."

There were no clashes between authorities or students following the briefing. 

UKZN was opened on Friday with no major incidents reported.

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