PROTEST RESULTS IN ACADEMIC SHUTDOWN AT DUT

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A protest at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has brought all academic events to a standstill as liberal protesters made their way to management offices to voice concerns yesterday.
With classes abandoned for the day due to an agreement which was reach by Students and management, many are still facing tribulations of trying to register and get allocated and reallocated to residentials.
Branch Chairperson of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) Scelo Ndebele said, “The reality of the matter is there is over 1000 students that are affected that have not been able to attend lectures. If we allow lectures to continue as normal, they will leave behind those who are affected.”
He added “The agreement was reached between the management and the students, is that classes will not continue today so that we allow students to get assisted.”
Meluleke Gcobo, who was not permitted to reside at res expressed his grievances, saying he was not allowed to register for Res and he came today hoping for a change of heart as he is from Pietermaritzburg.
As many are left with a seed of hope planted for them, some are still filled with despair looking for a way forward.
First year student in Marketing, Osaka Ndlela, who applied for NSFAS in May and still has not got a response said: he has hit brick wall as he is even considering of signing out of DUT due to not having sufficient funds to pursue his studies.
Written by: Snenhlanhla Ndudula

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