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By Khulekani Mazibuko | Jan 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE student representative council at the troubled Durban University of Technology has called on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to intervene in the impasse between it and the institution's management.

Registration was suspended on Friday after violence broke out on the institution's Steve Biko Campus.

Guards from a private security company fired rubber bullets at protesting students, injuring about 10 of them. Police reinforcements from two SAPS stations have since been deployed to the venue.

Talks between the students and management came to a halt after Friday's clashes.

University management has said registration would resume today but the SRC said there would be protest action throughout the day.

SRC project officer Gwajo Hadebe said they wanted Nzimande to step in.

"We have contacted the minister and he agreed to come down and meet us and management."

Students want a cut in the registration and accommodation fees. They accuse management of reneging on an agreement struck last year not to increase fees for three years.

The head of media and communication in the Department of Higher Learning and Training, Ranjeni Munusamy, said yesterday: "The minister will be at the University of Zululand on Tuesday, not DUT. We have sent officials to DUT . to sort out the situation."

The university was unavailable for comment.


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