DUT classes disrupted as students demand justice for slain student

EFF members sing struggle songs at the DUT campus where student Mlungisi Madonsela was shot and later died during violent clashes between police and students.
EFF members sing struggle songs at the DUT campus where student Mlungisi Madonsela was shot and later died during violent clashes between police and students.
Image: Jackie Clausen

Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command members disrupted lectures at Durban's University of Technology on Monday.

Via loudspeaker‚ leaders asked students who did not want to protest to leave the campus or they would be "dealt with decisively".

DUT management said that lectures were due to resume on Monday‚ as per a recommendation by the SRC.

However‚ the EFFSC said that they were embarking on a protest march to the Durban city hall in honour of slain student Mlungisi Madonsela.

Madonsela was shot following an altercation with security at the campus two weeks ago after students embarked on a protest to highlight a number of grievances including safety‚ NSFAS funding and accommodation.

He was buried at his home in Jozini in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

Students alleged that the DUT management had not contributed financially to his family.

However‚ DUT‚ in a statement issued on Saturday‚ denied this accusation.

"While it would be remiss of management to make public announcements detailing the level of support provided to the Madonsela family‚ we can confirm that the support that we provided to the Madonsela family was much more than what was previously given to any other family of a deceased student. This was for self-evident reasons."

DUT management called an emergency meeting with the SRC on Sunday‚ however the meeting was rescheduled to Monday after a number of SRC members didn't attend.

"Regarding the alleged student protest‚ the university management will only issue a further communique once it has concluded the meeting with the SRC this morning (Monday)‚" DUT said.

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