South Africa 23.7.2015 09:00 am

DUT strike continues

The Durban University of Technology students in the Durban campuses brave the rain as they  walk while singing  they were on a mission to chase out students from the classrooms, as they were starting a strike  to show their dissatisfaction with the university and its management. Picture Phumlani Thabethe Date 22 July 2015

The Durban University of Technology students in the Durban campuses brave the rain as they walk while singing they were on a mission to chase out students from the classrooms, as they were starting a strike to show their dissatisfaction with the university and its management. Picture Phumlani Thabethe Date 22 July 2015

Chaos continued to rock the Durban University of Technology (DUT) yesterday as students braved the rain and continued with protest action

They went on a rampage and lectures were cancelled when angry students went from one lecture room to another forcing students to get out and join the strike.

They sang liberation songs calling for transformation in the University.

They carried placards complaining about the lack of transformation and with white and Indian domination at the university.

Police were called to the University to disperse the mob of students protesting. University security guards had a hard time trying to control the crowd.

In a memorandum of grievances that the students handed over to the University Vice Chancellor and Principal Ahmed Bawa on Tuesday, the students complained that top management positions are occupied by Indians and whites only.

The students disturbed lectures and protested against what they called a lack of transformation since the University was merged more than 10 years ago between the former Natal and Ml Sultan Technikons.

Student Representative Council president, Mqondisi Duma, yesterday vowed that they would not go back to class until the university management give them favourable answers to their grievances.

He said the lack of transformation were because people in management which are Indians and whites do not serve the interests of the black students.

Duma also claimed that the lack of transformation has led to a number of problems at the university including lack of sporting support.

He said 90 percent of students at the university are black and yet very few black people are in management positions. “We are concerned that no transformation has happened since the merger took place.”

The students also marched demanding that management should release the qualifications of a large number of students withheld by the university.

“The university management should tell you, the media the truth. We have proof of students who are National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries who still have not received their results.

Durban University of Technology¬†Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Alan Khan, said it is true that most heads of departments and deans are from either white or Indian communities. “This is clearly a legacy of our past. A number of steps have been taken to address the imbalances. In fact high profile appointments have been made.”

He denied claims by the SRC that students who have received NSFAS had not received their qualifications.

He said the University will respond to the students’ grievances in writing.

 

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