UKZN suspends academic programme over ‘safety concerns’

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has suspended the academic programme for the rest of the week.

This decision came as incidents of violence and intimidation were reported at some campuses on Monday.

UKZN STUDENTS AND STAFF INTIMIDATED

UKZN said it had been reported that some student leaders have been intimidating members of staff by entering buildings and demanding that activities be halted.

There have also been blockages to some entrances to prevent staff from accessing Campus.  

The University said they view these as acts of criminality and will seek to address them in that manner, particularly as they are receiving reports of stone-throwing, damage to property and physical assaults on innocent staff members.

“Not only are these acts illegal, they are also disadvantageous to all students who are intent on learning at the University.

“The health and safety of our employees and all students is our priority. Considering the threat that seems to be imminent, University Management felt it is prudent to suspend lectures for the rest of this week. This means that the University shuttle service will also be suspended.”

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University Management is expected to meet on Tuesday with the legitimate Student Representative Council (SRC) to discuss their memorandum presented on Monday.

“This meeting is part of ongoing efforts by both parties to effectively respond to the needs of our student population and to ensure a conducive learning environment on our campuses.”

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The University appealed to all staff and students to remain calm but vigilant amidst the protests and intimidation.

Recently, the UKZN Westville campus entrance was in flames after student blockaded the front gate with burning tyres.

The Durban University of Technology also recently closed all its campuses due to violent student protests over online registration amongst other things.

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