Cars and dustbins set alight as students protest

Students across the universities in KwaZulu-Natal staged protests and among the list of their grievances is the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), conducive residents and registrations.

Student Representative Council headed by the Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) submitted their memorandum to the office of Vice-Chancellor.

The fight for “all students must be registered’’ turned into a battle between South African Students Congress (SASCO) and EFFSC and it is alleged that the scuffle between the parties started yesterday night.

According to Londeka Zamabhele Ntuli’s Facebook post, it’s all started at Walsinghamb Res where EFFSC started chasing SASCO and everything got worse when the both parties met at the students’ resident situated in Point

EFFSC president Sesiyanda Godlimpi vowed to keep protesting until all students’ needs are met.

“We will never stop until every students receives their allowances, we will never stop until all returning students are unblocked from the university’s system,” Godlimpi said.

After delivering his speech, security guards came closer trying to disperse students but unfortunately resulted in a stone fight.

 

Meanwhile, University of KwaZulu-Natal suspended classes following chaos caused by protesting students who set alight security car and stoned police at Westville campus.

 

UKZN’s acting executive director for corporate relations, Norma Zondo said in a statement, the academic programmes at all UKZN campuses were suspended “with immediate effect until further notice”.

“University management has received a memorandum of grievances from the UKZN Student Representative Council (SRC). The suspension will allow management space to engage with student leadership and address matters whilst ensuring the safety and security of all concerned,” she said.

At DUT, two students were captured by securities.

However, Godlimpi promised to open a case against the university’s security personnel claiming that according to South African law there is no one allowed to detain someone if he/she is not from the South African Police Services.

Image: Matt Tsolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Mndaba Lindelani

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