DUT RESUME CLASSES

Durban University of Technology (DUT) resumes classes after students and management resolved most of the issues raised in a memorandum of grievances submitted over by the Student Representative Council (SRC).

Lectures were suspended from the past three weeks after students protested over being not able to register, financial aid and unconducive residences.

In a press briefing held at DUT’s Riston Campus, vice-chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu Mthembu said management met with the SRC on Thursday where a lot of issues were resolved.

Mthembu then pleaded with the International Centre for Non-violence to help them with workshops on how they could exercise their right to protest without violence.

“Unfortunately the environment in this country encourages violence,” Mthembu said.

During protests, on the 5th of February, clashes between protestors and private security led to the death of 21-year-old student Mlungisi Madonsela while a staff member was injured and has to undergo reconstructive surgery.

‘We should thank as management, all the staff members, parents and students who have been there during this uncertainty,” Mthembu said.

Deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning Theo Andrew says the academic program will be pushed back by a week.

“There is a stress in the system because we were scheduled to start on the 4th, but we are absolutely confident that the academic program restored in terms of the delivery and learning that should be taking place,” Andrew said.

According to Andrew, the staff will have sufficient time to make sure that students are not disadvantage in any way.

DUT also secured a court interdict barring students and organisations from protesting and damaging property on campus.

The management stated that all mentioned individuals and organisations still reserve their right to protest but must observe the conditions mentioned in the interdict.

Durban University of Technology vice-chancellor and principal Professor Thandwa Mthembu. Image: Mndaba Lindelani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Mndaba Lindelani

 

 

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