All academic programmes suspended at DUT
Nomfundo Khumalo & Sibonginkosi Mabika
The Durban University of Technology has suspended lectures and any scheduled tests and assessments for the next two days.
The institution suspended classes last week due to student protests, demanding justice for Sandile Ndlovu, a student that was attacked at DUT Steve Biko Campus. Ndlovu is in hospital and remains in a critical condition.
DUT Media officer, Nduduzo Ndlovu confirmed that classes on all campuses will be suspended from Monday and the academic programme will resume on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.
In a statement released by the institution, the management expressed how they are saddened that one of the students, Sandile Ndlovu was violently attacked.
“We continue to pray for Sandile and his family. The reality is that we need a conducive environment for the completion of the academic project, especially when exams are imminent, having engaged with views from a number of stakeholders of the University, the Executive Committee of Senate (SENEX) and the Executive Management Committee of DUT have decided to suspend lectures and any scheduled tests and assessments”.
The university management says that they want to secure an environment that will be beneficial for the resumption of classes.
SRC president, Thamsanqa Memela met with students earlier today and promised that feedback from the meeting with DUT management will be communicated with students later today.
The University’s activities remain open.