“We will not bow down to the SRC” – DUT management
The Executive management at the Durban University of Technology responded to a number of allegations made by the institution’s Student Representative Council following a violent attack that claimed the life of a student, Sandile Ndlovu.
The 18-year old student was assaulted and stabbed in a lecture room two weeks ago at Steve Biko campus and died in a hospital on Saturday.
DUT’s Vice-Chancellor Thandwa Mthembu held a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon, responding to the allegations made by the university’s SRC on Monday, 23 September regarding video footage of the attack on Ndlovu.
“The existing video footage was shared with the SAPS. All this was explained to the family of the late Sandile and the SRC. The University has thus not withheld any video footage and related information,” said Mthembu.
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DUT believes that the suspects, in this case, can only be students, as the video footage showing Sandile and other students around the library entrance before the incident has been submitted to the SAPS.
Mthembu said that the university has not hindered the investigation and has been open and honest with both the family of Sandile and with police investigators.
“Management finds it strange that the SRC demands video footage while the SAPS is still in the process of analysing it.”
The University confirmed that the nine students that were arrested for attempting to set alight a security guard on campus have been suspended including the SRC president, Thamsanqa Memela.
When asked about the working relationship with the newly elected SRC after these incidents, DUT management said they will still continue to work closely with them and hopes to have a good working relationship.