DUT probe report is now ready

AN INTERNAL probe report into the Durban University of Technology (DUT) is ready and will be submitted to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande soon.

Nzimande appointed a task team, led by Vincent Maphai, to probe the university's management strategies after student protests led to the closure of the institution in March.

The DUT had to close all its campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg when the protests turned violent. Sixty seven students were arrested.

The Department of Higher Education and Training yesterday said the decision on whether to publicise the findings or not was up to Nzimande.

"The internal probe was at the minister's request, so it will be up to him whether to publicise the findings or not," department spokesperson Ranjeni Munusamy said.

But the students want the details made public.

SRC spokesperson Sifiso Mdakane said the findings were long overdue and it was necessary to make them public.

Mdakane said the SRC felt the intervention of the task team was just a tool to silence the student body from voicing its grievances.

"The findings will have to be made public so that parents, other stakeholders and students can be informed of what the task team found during their investigations," Mdakane said .