The DUT SRC has lent their voice to the fight against women abuse by hosting a march earlier today, which saw DUT students and members of the community marching from Steve Biko campus to King Dinuzulu Park.

SRC President, Zama Mncube said the aim of the march was to send a message to the community of DUT and more importantly the municipality that we are tired of the cases being reported everyday on women abuse and all we ask as young people is to be protected.
Besides the march, the SRC had prepared a memorandum to hand over to the eThekwini municipality.
SRC Deputy Secretary General, Mbuso Sithole said that the key things this memorandum is asking the Municipality to address are issues of crime and security within the area of DUT because there have been a lot of break-ins that seem to be targeting female communes.
“We are also asking that there to be patrols in the area surrounding the University as well as street lights. As the SRC we feel that police should be deployed as patrols whenever there is student protest action there are police deployed everywhere around the campus, they should also be deployed when student lives are at risk,” said Sithole.
One of the marchers, second year Public Management, Lilitha Dwala said she was present at the march because of her growing concern about what is happening with student abductions at other universities.
“We are here in solidarity with those students and those universities, we are trying to prevent that happening at our University. We are also trying to bring awareness to those who aren’t aware of the serious issues being faced by women in our society,” said Dwala.
Although the marchers were mostly females, male students also came in their numbers to support the cause.
One of those male marchers, second year HR student, Phumlani Goya said the reason he was present was because he is a concerned individual and because he cannot do anything big to fight against woman abuse, he is here to show his support.
Over the last week there has been rumours on DUT social media about a number of students being abducted around the campuses, SRC President dispelled those rumours saying they had not received any report of that happening and that no students had been reported missing to the University’s protection service.

By: Lwandile Bhengu


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