National 22.8.2016 12:04 pm

Lectures suspended at UKZN

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

Students have been demanding no fee increases for 2017.

Lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal were again suspended at the institution’s five campuses.

In a brief statement issued on Monday morning, university spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said: “University management has taken a decision to suspend all academic programmes on the five UKZN campuses today, Monday, August 22. The decision to suspend academic activities was taken in consultation with the SRC and in the best interest of the university.”

He said lectures would resume on Tuesday.

Lectures were also suspended on Thursday and Friday after protests at the university’s Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

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

Early last week police used rubber bullets to disperse students at the Pietermaritzburg campus, and two students were arrested.

Students also staged a protest over poor living conditions last week on Yusuf Dadoo Street (Grey Street) in the centre of Durban, effectively closing it during the morning rush hour.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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