UKZN removes 2000 ‘professional students’
The University of KwaZulu-Natal saw yet another unlawful act when an auditorium in the Edgewood campus was set alight on Wednesday night. Police are investigating a case of arson.
It is alleged that the burning of the auditorium was prompted by the university’s dismissal of students. According to a statement released by the university, UKZN has removed 2000 ‘professional students’ who have taken up to eight years or more, doing a 3 year course without paying fees and routinely holding the institution to ransom through unrest for personal concessions.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Nana Poku, said that they will not be deterred from their decision.
“We recognise that this cowardly attack on the infrastructure of the university is intended to intimidate us — to make us lose our resolve and to deflect us from initiating sweeping reforms that will ensure the institution’s sustainability and heighten its national and international standing,” said Poku.
These continuous demonstrations have been ongoing for the past couple of months, following the university’s announcement to exclude students who have not paid their historical debts within a limited amount of time.
This is what the aftermath of another torched building looks like at #UKZN. An auditorium was torched allegedly by students, last night. The University says it’s shocked as the situation had normalised. But some students who still haven’t been registered, are angry. @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/KvZoNSZ3ru
— Nabeelah Shaikh (@Nabeelah_Shaikh) March 12, 2020