UKZN lectures suspended again as talks continue

Durban - Negotiations between the administration and SRC at the University of KwaZulu-Natal continued on Tuesday, while the academic programme was suspended for another full day.

Lectures were halted for most of last week after unrest broke out on campuses in Pietermaritzburg and Westville. SRC deputy president Sduduzo Khoza said that talks were ongoing.

"There has been a mass gathering due to a number of issues, including fee increment, residences and NSFAS online applications at the Pietermaritzburg Campus and Westville Campus," he said.

"As student leadership and management, we decided to suspend academic activities until the negotiations are accomplished, which is to also for the safety of the UKZN community," Khoza added.

He said that the ultimate aim of the SRC was to make sure that students were safe, and "for the management to give solutions to all our grievances".

"We care about the academics of students. It is not in our wishes to allow students not to attend classes, though it is high time the UKZN management takes the students’ leadership seriously," Khoza said.

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