SRC President Thamsanqa Memela addressing the media on Monday morning.
Photo: Lihle Dumakude

The DUT SRC Led by the EFFSC held a media briefing on Monday morning to highlight their concerns.

The briefing was led by SRC President Thamsanqa Memela who made his first public appearance after being released from jail on bail.

Memela was part of the 9 students who were arrested for allegedly trying to set a security officer on fire.

However, Memela denies trying to burn the officer saying no student tried to burn anyone.

“It was not a matter of the students attacking the security guard, it was the security guard going to students to intimidate them,” said Memela.

During the briefing Memela sent their condolences to the family of Sandile Ndlovu, a student who died over the weekend after he was attacked on campus two weeks ago.

“Sandile will be and must be remembered for his friendly and forever smiling young person with a soft heart,” said Memela.

Memela also mentioned that Ndlovu “had a very promising future” and was looking forward to it.

Ndlovu was a first-year Industrial engineering student.

The president continued by saying that “DUT remains a crime scene.”

“The police are less interested in our call for justice”

In February 2019, another student Mlungisi Madonsela was shot and killed during a scuffle that took place outside campus.

Since then there has been a call for his killer to be arrested, however in June his case was closed due to “a lack of evidence.”

The National Prosecuting Authority promised to review the decision after students marched to the Durban City Hall to deliver a memorandum.

The call for the removal of TLC Excellent, as the security service provider continues.

However, the University said that the procurement for the appointment of the new security services provider will be announced by 31 October 2019.

With classes expected to resume next week, the SRC says they “are not prepared to go back to class” while the TLG Excellent is still operating on campus.

There is still no news about CCTV footage on the day of Ndlovu’s attack, an issue that the SRC has been concerned about.

Memela also mentioned that he has been given a chance to explain to the university why he shouldn’t be suspended, and more details will be revealed soon.

In a statement released by the institution, details of the funeral will be shared as soon as they are available.

Elsewhere, Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande has reacted to the passing of Ndlovu saying that those responsible should be arrested.

“Indeed, we have lost a young person who was going to play a significant role in moving our country forward.” said Nzimande.

The President concluded by saying that justice will prevail.

Matshidiso Tsolo

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