DUT SASCO URGES STUDENTS TO JOIN NATIONAL PROTESTS AGAINST FEES INCREASE
By: Sandile Zikhali
The Durban University of Technology’s South African Students Congress (SASCO) has urged students to stand up against the fee increment planned for next year.
SASCO member and former member of the DUT’s Student Representative Council, Ricardo Xulu, said that this is a challenge that has been placed before students and it is up to them whether they want to conquer it or accept failure.
“A child of a peasant has suffered enough, it is very painful to be trapped in the cycle of poverty.
Enough is enough! We want to study,” vented Xulu.
The call for students to join the protest comes after several institutions have been brought to a standstill due to protests over planned fee hikes next year.
Simphiwe Nzuza, a student from DUT, said that he respects the protesting institutions for standing up against exploitation.
“I see this as apartheid all over again, it is mainly black students coming from poor backgrounds that are affected by this. DUT students have never been afraid of getting on the streets and protest, we will do it if it needs be,” said Nzuza.
As the academic draws closer to an end, protests do not only bring institutions to a standstill but they also disturb exams and this is a big concern to most students that have not finished writing exams.
“I think this would be a very bad time for protesting, and it would be unfair to us as we haven’t finished writing. Yes, some are done but what about us?” vented Sanele Zulu, a third year
“Let us leave this for next year when we have to register, we can then boycott registrations like we always do,” Zulu added.
The proposed fee hikes for next year has raised concerns and most students believe that it is a way the system filters black disadvantaged people from making their lives better.
“The only hope is that our student leadership is going to stand up and fight this,” commented Qiniso
Nkosi, a Biotechnology student.
Even though the institution has not released any statement regarding fee increases, SASCO leadership students has assured that talks are underway with the management regarding this matter.
“Students shouldn’t neglect their books. We understand that most of them are writing exams.
We are still waiting for the final outcome of the meeting discussing fee increment,” said Zola Mzimela on behalf of SASCO leadership.