THE DEATH OF SANDILE HAS SPARKED MORE SAFETY CONCERNS ON CAMPUS

DUT students say they are frustrated at how the university is dealing with the recent developments on campus.

18 year-old Sandile Ndlovu has died in hospital after he was allegedly mugged and stabbed in one of the lecture rooms two weeks ago.

This has then sparked protests which led to lectures being suspended twice and left 9 people arrested.

Out of the 9 people who were arrested was SRC President Thamsanqa Memela who was released on R2000 bail.

“We are not safe in our own campus and DUT management protects its own staff more than protecting us students,” said a student.

After classes resumed some students were unhappy and said they were not going back to classes until the Excellent security company leaves.

This is one of the issues raised by the SRC with concerns to safety on campus.

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

However, a police statement a revealed that a DUT security officer was attacked, allegedly assaulted and the protesters attempted to set him alight in the early hour of Wednesday.

The University has confirmed this incident saying that they “received reports” that the protesters tried to set alight one of their own security officer.

“We call on the government to intervene, and we want Mr Mthembu gone,” says another DUT student.

Meanwhile Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande has reacted to the passing of Ndlovu saying that the university must work with the Ndlovu family and justice must be served.

“I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people for Sandile’s death,” said Minister Nzimande.

The University said it is “committed to securing a conducive and safe environment for teaching and learning” more especially now that exams around the corner.

Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo & Matshidiso Tsolo.

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