UKZN violent students protests continue
Chaos reeks once again at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as the students demonstrations continue. The university has been gripped by violent protests since the start of this year.
Videos and images went viral on social media, on Wednesday morning about an ongoing strike and violence between the Mi7 security staff and the students of UKZN, Westville campus.
The videos show the Mi7 security staff vandalizing the Westville campus new student residences with stones, whilst other videos show the students in violent confrontations with security personnel.
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These demonstrations erupted because the UKZN management allegedly excluded close to 16000 students, stating that students must pay 15% of their historical debt if the family income is below R350 000 and 30% if the family income is above that. Students with NSFAS also have to pay the 15% of their historical debts before being cleared to register for 2020.
One of the students who asked to remain anonymous questioned why they aren’t allowed to sign AOD (Acknowledgement of Debt) forms like they used to before.
“We don’t have the money, usually we would sign AOD forms and be cleared for registration and continue with the academic programme,” said the student.
She added that the academic programme is continuing even though so many students have been excluded and sent home because they cannot get cleared for registration.
“We just want the management to at least stop all academic programs until they have time to sit down with the SRC, to discuss a way forward,” said the student.
In a statement released by the University, the academic programme will proceed, despite the interruptions.
This is a developing story.