Students at strife-torn MUT to return to class after round-table talks

26 February 2019 - 11:58 By Suthentira Govender
Mangosuthu University of Technology students used bricks to barricade the entrance to the institution last week
Mangosuthu University of Technology students used bricks to barricade the entrance to the institution last week
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Students at the trouble-torn Mangosuthu University of Technology are set to return to class on Wednedsay.

The university said on Tuesday that classes would resume following nearly a month of strife at the Umlazi-based institution.

Last week the student representative council was granted an interim interdict to stop the university from evicting students from residences. The SRC brought the urgent interdict last Thursday after students had received notice from the university asking them to vacate all campuses and residents.

The notice came following a day of protest at the Umlazi campus, where students blockaded the entrance to the institution with boulders and bricks and allegedly overturned a car.

Eight students were arrested and charged with public violence.

Students were demanding fee concessions, a reversal of a fee increment, that the library and clinic hours be extended to 24 hours and that the number of printers across campus be increased.

MUT vice-chancellor Dr Enoch Duma Malaza said in a statement on Tuesday that a KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature initiative to bring the management, the SRC, student structures, the Department of Higher Education and Training, and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme representatives around the discussion table "has made significant progress..."

"The resolution reached is for students to return to class on Wednesday."

Malaza said both management and the SRC were "mandated to implement this resolution".


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