Four DUT EFFSC members arrested
The Durban University of Technology student representative council led by the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command cancelled the mass meeting which was supposed to be held today following the arrest of four of its members.
The meeting was set to take place at the Cane Growers Hall, DUT ML Sultan campus. This comes after disruptions that took place on Monday around DUT campuses between students and the police. EFFSC chairperson, Buntu Faku was arrested by the police and was later released on Monday afternoon.
The EFFSC-led a protest on Monday, regarding the outstanding NSFAS issues, accommodation and registrations.
This morning, four EFFSC members, including the chairperson, Faku were arrested by the DUT Student Protection Services.
An SRC member who asked not to be named said that they decided to cancel the meeting because they are not allowed to have a gathering anywhere around DUT campuses.
“The reason why we have decided to cancel the meeting is that they keep arresting our fellows and we cannot put the future of our fellow members and students on the line. However, we will keep fighting for our students,” said the source.
The SRC member added that some students are still having issues such as NSFAS allowances, and some of them are still blocked from registering.
Sanele Mbanjwa, a first-year student, said that he is still blocked from registering for academics and residence, and this has put a strain on him.
“This is very frustrating for me, my classmates and I are missing out on academics,” said Mbanjwa.
Classes continue in all DUT campuses.
Picture: Sibonginkosi Mabika