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students interdicted

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Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has obtained a court interdict against students and has deployed security guards to protect property and lives.

The guards are expected to prevent students from causing further disruptions and damage to the university property.

Students embarked on a protest to demand better security and that students who owe the institution millions of rands in tuition fees be allowed to register for the new academic year.

Yesterday, the registration process at the university went ahead smoothly after being disrupted for two days.

The interdict was handed to the Student Representative Council (SRC). It prevents students from "assaulting or intimidating students and staff".

It also restricts students from demonstrating closer than 100metres from the perimeter of any of the DUT's campuses.

"The disruption at two of our registration venues was accompanied by violence, intimidation of staff, students and parents and damage to property," said University spokesman Nomonde Mbadi.

"Management has been forced to use stringent measures to normalise the university, and has obtained an interdict and secured the services of a combat force which specialises in handling strikes."

She said the registration process is continuing and the situation on campus is calm.

She appealed to all students who wished to register to do so and said that should the need arise, the closing date for registration will be reviewed.

She said the SRC e-mailed a proposal to the management on Tuesday in response to management's response to their memorandum dated last Wednesday.

She said the management was considering this proposal and will "formulate a response within the next few days".

SRC president Mandla Shange said they were not taken aback by the court interdict.

"This is familiar for us. Management always resorts to interdicts, but students are not afraid as our demands are legitimate.

"We will not stop until we are taken seriously. The problems that we are raising are not new, they happen every year".


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