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ANC to meet varsity bosses in a bid to end students' strike

By unknown | Mar 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The students representative council at Durban University of Technology has pleaded with the ANC and the Minister of Education to intervene to end the ongoing strike at the institution.

Senzo Mchunu, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary, confirmed yesterday that they were planning to meet the university management to find a solution to ending the strike.

"I cannot say exactly when we will meet with the management of DUT, but we have noted with serious concern the events around the strike at the university and we have decided to intervene," said Mchunu.

SRC president Mandla Shangase said they hoped the meeting would come up with a resolution to the strike.

There has been tension at DUT following violent confrontations between students and the police on two occasions since the beginning of the academic year.

The institution reopened yesterday after it was closed last week after student protests turned violent.

The students had held two executive managers hostage.

Five students were arrested during the strike, but have been released after the university dropped charges.

The students are striking over lack of accommodation.

"There is a challenge facing the education system and the strike actions that have been taking place at different institutions around the country are a reflection of this problem," Shangase said.


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