Campus security beefed up after riots

ENROLMENT: Registrations continued at Durban University of Technology (DUT) yesterday after students embarked on protests in support of demands that students who owe the institution millions of rands in tuition fees be allowed to register for the new academic year. Pic. Makgotso Gulube. © Sowetan.
ENROLMENT: Registrations continued at Durban University of Technology (DUT) yesterday after students embarked on protests in support of demands that students who owe the institution millions of rands in tuition fees be allowed to register for the new academic year. Pic. Makgotso Gulube. © Sowetan.

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The management of Durban University of Technology has called in security reinforcements to protect the lives of students who want to register.

University authorities said they had called in extra security for all registration venues and that students could register today and tomorrow.

Yesterday, students continued to protest on the campus in support of their demands that the outstanding students' R117million debt be rolled over.

They moved from one registration venue to another shouting slogans and singing.

Management called in a combat force to assist in normalising the situation. One of the four registration venues had to be closed.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) submitted their list of demands in response to management's memo sent out on Monday.

At the time of going to press, management was in a meeting to address the SRC's response.

"The main issue surrounds outstanding fees. Management will communicate their response to the SRC demands," said university spokesman Nomonde Mbadi.

Mandla Shange, SRC president, said yesterday's registrations were disrupted in the morning, but were later allowed to continue.

"We have agreed to meet with management tomorrow and on Thursday and we will give a full report-back to students on Friday," he said.

Shange said security was increased on the campus because "management was scared because there are so many students protesting".

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