Durban - Lectures were suspended until further notice at the Durban University of Technology, after protesting students pulled others out of lecture rooms on Monday.
The suspension applied to lectures in Durban and at the Midlands Centre in Pietermaritzburg, vice chancellor Ahmed Bawa said.
Earlier, students demanded to be re-registered even though their fees had not been paid. “If any further protests take place, we will shut down the university. We cannot allow the safety of students and staff to be compromised by the protesters,” Bawa said.
Student Representative Council president Ayanda Ngidi said a meeting with the university’s executive had revealed that management did not act on any of its demands. “They didn’t even attend to one issue.”
Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said there was no serious damage and police were keeping watch. The SRC’s main demand was that students whose fees had not been paid by NSFAS be allowed to re-register despite non-payment. Kahn said that from 2013 the university was owed R169 million in unpaid fees. Khan said students who were not up to date with fees could not re-register, whether they received NSFAS funding or not. Sapa