Mangosuthu varsity may shut down

The Mangosuthu University of Technology at Umlazi in Durban would be officially closed from today until a solution to end a strike there is found.

Management said in circular yesterday that the university would be closed if the students failed to return to the lecture halls by midday.

The management took the decision to close the university after students protests turned violent yesterday.

The students vowed not resume classes until their demands were met. Management decided to close the university after students' protests turned violent yesterday.

The protest is spearheaded by the Student Representative Council (SRC) dominated by the South African Democratic Students Movement (Sadesmo).

Rubber bullets were fired at the protesting students as the disruptions continued for the second day. The students boycotted lectures on Tuesday over, among other things, the shortage of lecturers and poorly equipped laboratories. out of lecture halls and ordered to join the protesting students.

Yesterday, the students gathered outside campus and barred all students from entering the institution and the lecture halls.

They ordered students out of lecture halls to join the protest.

Some students and lecturers were fire-horsed out of lecture halls. The students sang liberation songs and demanded resources and quality services in accordance to the high fees they paid.

Security personnel and police battled to control the crowd of more than 500 students. Several attempts were made by the security personnel to disperse the students, but later SAPS officers were deployed in the varsity to assist.

The students are also angry at the decision to suspend three members of the SRC. - Sne Masuku