Protest Action at DUT.

The Durban University of Technology’s ML Sultan, Ritson and Steve Biko campuses were abuzz earlier today after a student protest disrupted classes.

DUT students were protesting a lack of service delivery from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme‚ complaining that many students haven’t been receiving food vouchers even though they were receiving funding from NSFAS. Reportedly the semester students are the ones most affected by this as the lack of food vouchers has been a challenge they have been facing a lot more of than students who study full time annually.

There was a crowd of around 120 students that split themselves amongst the floors of the buildings in all three campuses‚ turning off fire extinguishers‚ dispensing trash bins and singing struggle songs.  Protesters were adamant not to let images or videos be taken on their journey to financial aid offices.

SRC Deputy Secretary General Mbuso Sithole stood in the middle of the crowds and addressed them stating the purpose of the “shut down”.

“We shut down classes because we feel undermined, we haven’t received meal allowances for three months but are expected to attend classes and perform well academically. We will shut down until NSFAS students all receive their meal allowances. There are female students who use those funds to buy sanitary towels, this affects us all. Regardless of political differences let’s unite to say it is enough” said Sithole.

 

 

 

By: Naledi Sikhakhane

Image By: Naledi Sikhakhane

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