Academic programmes at the Durban University of Technology have been suspended until Thursday- provided that the students’ protests over the lack of financial aid ends. The protest entered its second week on Monday. No academic programme has taken place since the university opened.
University management took a decision to suspend lectures again this week when student protests turned violent yesterday. The university management said the decision to suspend lectures would give it time to respond to the issues raised by the Students Representative Council (SRC). Yesterday students gathered in the morning and protested outside the Steve Biko and ML Sultan Campuses.
Although Senior Director of Corporative Affairs Alan Khan said the university was open to other activities such as the registration processes, fewer students were seen at the admin blocks.
“We had to break for a second week. We hope this will give us time to look at the student raised by the Students and we hope to respond to them.
“We have agreed with the SRC to keep registration open and our finance and financial aid offices open,” said Khan.
SRC President Sphephelo Mthembj said students do not have money to register and some are blocked from registration as they owe fees from last year. Students are demanding that owing students should be allowed to register.