National 18.8.2016 04:38 pm

UKZN suspends lectures over fee protests

The University of KwaZulu-Natal students in the Westville campus just outside Durban KwaZulu-Natal joined the nation wide demonstrations at universities against the fee increments. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

The University of KwaZulu-Natal students in the Westville campus just outside Durban KwaZulu-Natal joined the nation wide demonstrations at universities against the fee increments. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

The university says the decision to suspend lectures had been taken in consultation with the students’ representative council.

Lectures at University of KwaZulu-Natal were suspended on Thursday in the wake of student protests that have gripped the institution’s Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

In a brief statement issued by the university, spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the decision to suspend lectures had been taken in consultation with the university’s students’ representative council.

“We urge students to adhere to the university’s rules, regulations and applicable protocols in dealing with grievances, complaints and matters of concern. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Lectures are expected to resume on Monday.

Students have been demanding that there should be no fee increases for 2017. The protests have been limited to the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses, but the closure affects all the campuses.

Earlier this week police used rubber bullets to disperse students at the Pietermaritzburg campus.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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