DUT to reopen on Monday after death of student

08 February 2019 - 15:11 By LWANDILE BHENGU
Durban University of Technology is set to open its doors from Monday after the death of a student forced the university to temporarily close.
Durban University of Technology is set to open its doors from Monday after the death of a student forced the university to temporarily close.
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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is expected to reopen its doors for registration and administration after a four-day shutdown in the aftermath of the death of a student.

DUT management said in a statement that the decision was taken following a meeting with the students' representative council (SRC) on Friday.

The university said administrative operations would resume but gave no indication of when the academic year would commence.

It said it would host a memorial service for Mlungisi Madonsela, the 20-year-old student who was shot, allegedly by a security guard, during a clash between students and security personal outside the university's Steve Biko campus on Tuesday. Madonsela later died in hospital.

"As a result of the extensive discussions and co-operation from both parties, an agreement was reached to reopen the university on Monday February 11 2019. This will allow the various administrative functions to resume, including on-campus registrations and NSFAS and housing queries."  

SRC president Sesiyanda Godlimpi told TimesLIVE that the meeting between the parties had gone well but that there needed to be further discussion on when the academic year would start.

"The meeting went very well but we will meet again to further discuss when classes will resume," said Godlimpi.

TimesLIVE reported on Thursday that two security guards had been suspended following the shooting incident.


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