DURBAN BOILS AMID STUDENTS PROTEST

JAM-PACKED: Students at the Durban University of Technology clash with police during another strike yesterday. Pic: THULI DLAMINI. 17/03/2010. © Sowetan.
JAM-PACKED: Students at the Durban University of Technology clash with police during another strike yesterday. Pic: THULI DLAMINI. 17/03/2010. © Sowetan.

STUDENT protests at the embattled Midlands campus of the Durban University of Technology's have spread to the Durban campus.

Yesterday university authorities cancelled lectures at all four of its campuses in Durban after hundreds of students protested over grievances that they said were not addressed by management earlier this year.

In January students in Durban went on strike for a week over several issues, severely interrupting the registration process.

On Monday the university's Midlands campus in Pietermaritzburg was closed after violent clashes between students and the police.

Police reinforcements were called in to supplement private campus security police.

No confrontations, injury or damages were reported.

But the protest disrupted exam venues and some students had to return home without writing their papers.

Student representative council president Buyisani Mlaba said the strike was a continuation of the grievances that were forwarded to university management last month.

Mlaba said they are still protesting against shortages of accommodation for students and wanted director of housing Doc Nyasengwe to be expelled.

He also said the pricing and quality of food provided to students was unacceptable.

University's acting vice-chancellor Nqabomzi Gawe said lectures in Durban had been suspended until tomorrow .

She said management at the Midlands campus in Pietermaritzburg was in talks with student bodies to address the grievances.

Lectures in Pietermaritzburg were expected to resume today.

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