DUT suspends classes
Durban University of Technology suspends classes following a protest by students to shutdown the institution this morning.
In a statement the university says the decision of suspending classes was taken in the best interest of the safety and security of all students and staff.
“Therefore, if students and staff who are currently on campus, feel threatened in anyway, then they should liaise with their managers/HODs and consider leaving campus today”.
The #DUTShutdown comes after an 18-year old Industrial Engineering first-year student, Sandile Ndlovu was assaulted and stabbed in a lecture room at Steve Biko Campus on Monday. Ndlovu is still in a critical condition.
University SRC President, Thamsanqa Memela says the reason for the shutdown is caused by the anger students have regarding their safety on campus.
“One student has been stabbed inside a class room. He was just studying and no one has been accountable for that. No one is arrested, nothing is happening even the management is not doing anything,” said Memela.
The university management is set to meet with the SRC later today. The suspension of the academic programme only applies to the Durban campuses and DUT residences remain open.