The eThekwini municipality assisted evicted students from the Stratford Residence of the Durban University of Technology and offered them to stay at the Durban Hotel until end of exams.

This is after hundreds of students were evicted from the res earlier this week and headed to the Vice Chancellors office to seek answers.
Mlu Ntombela, delegate from the Office of the Mayor of eThekwini said that they were sent by the Mayor, Zandile Gumede to work together with the DUT management and the SRC to handle the matter of the homeless students.
“We have concluded on the matter, which we are proud to announce that no DUT student will remain homeless as we are waiting upon the Dean of Students to verify everything and the process will continue in the hands of the leadership”, said Ntombela.
President of the SRC, Zama Mncube emphasized that students must not allow opportunists who encourage them to protest, but those who offer and come up with solutions faced by students.
“The contributors have concluded that different stakeholders will contribute, but what is essential is that students get proper accommodation, but at the moment they will be staying at the Durban Hotel until they finish writing exams”, said Mncube.
A student expressing himself about the issue said that he thinks that DUT practically shows that there’s no space for any student who can’t afford funds, regardless if you produce your academic records or proof that you are poor.
“Often the media and universities paint students as confused individuals, who want more than what they have yet in true reality we have to protest in order to receive funds and accommodation”, said the student.
Students are urged not to bring outsiders to stay with them at the hotel and to ensure that they produce their correct student numbers to make the screening process easier to check if the students are registered or not. To those who receive money for private accommodation should continue renting and not limit opportunities for those who desperately need it.
“We would like to thank the eThekwini municipality led by the ANC for sympathising with the student’s situation and we hope that the ANC will continues leading,” said Mncube.
Students will get their belongings and transported to their respective accommodation once they have been screened by the housing department and qualify to receive accommodation, food will be supplied by the Housing department and the Office of Mayor.

By: Nqobile Maphalala


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