One thing we know: when it is all over, those of us who survive will find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
The academic programme at all University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses will remain suspended until further notice after students vowed to continue protesting in defiance of a court interdict.
Student protests demanding for fee waivers and academic leeway forced UKZN to close its Pietermaritzburg and Durban campuses on Monday.
Police and Pietermaritzburg University of KwaZulu-Natal students were involved in a heated game of cat and mouse on Tuesday evening amidst clouds of tear gas, burning furniture and broken windows.
After weeks of calm at universities across the province, the violence has once again flared up in Pietermaritzburg with a building being torched on Tuesday.
“Everything was quiet at the university until he arrived, then all hell broke loose”.
A further week of violent showdowns looms at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with students saying they will continue to protest, while UKZN management plans to strengthen security and ensure there are no interruptions
The Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal remained under siege on Monday night as varsities wait with bated breath for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s big announcement on fee increases for 2017.
Fourteen students have been arrested for being involved in violent protesting across all University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses in the past week.
Protest action once again erupted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus on Thursday, with students claiming that the university had failed to honour its agreement to fund post-graduate students.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has been asked by its Student Representative Council (SRC) not to exclude any student for academic reasons.
Crawling lice, stale bread and bartering their clothes with gang members for use of the toilet. These are just some of the “inhumane” conditions four University of KwaZulu-Natal students had to endure while in prison.
A prayeer meeting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was cut short on Tuesday when police asked the small group to disperse.
The situation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal remained relatively calm on Wednesday, despite a chilling warning to students to be prepared for “mass destruction” at the Howard College campus in Durban.
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