Academic programme suspended at UKZN

Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Thursday suspended the academic programme at all campuses following unrest in Pietermaritzburg and Westville this week.

University spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said classes would resume on Monday next week.

"Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has taken a decision to suspend all academic programmes on the five UKZN campuses. The decision to suspend academic activities was taken in consultation with the SRC and in the best interests of the university," he said.

"We urge students to adhere to the university's rules, regulations and applicable protocols in dealing with grievances, complaints and matters of concern. We apologise for any inconvenience caused," he said.

Police and security personnel closely monitored campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg after unrest broke out on campuses there on Wednesday.

This follows protest action related to tertiary institution fees across the country on Monday.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday said a decision on university fee increases for 2017 would be made before the end of the month.

Attempts to contact UKZN and the police were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.

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