MUT Student Protest Turns Violent
Protests turn violent at MUT as protestor and police having running battles. Protestor are demanding that their historic debt but, no middle ground can seem to be reached between students and universities.
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Umlazi, Kwaulu-Natal, is overrun with protestors and police as student protest become chaotic.
Student protestors and police have running battles as students take the streets of Umlazi, just outside MUT, protesting and demanding that their historical debt gets scrapped
Protestors have resorted to completely destroying roads and damaging infrastructure so that their demands can be met.
Police surround surround the property of the university, while staff take cover in the campus administration building.
There has been no talks between MUT's SRC or the university management to resolve the issue, and all protestors refuse to talk to the media about the protest action.
Protestor are lining up and taunting the police, while the police are trying to get all the protestors to leave MUT's property
Though their has been short term solutions with regards to historic debt in previous years, students are not happy with the current situation that they are in. However, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, says South Africa really cannot afford to scrap historic debt.
The root of the problem need to be dealt with in a permanent manner rather than a temporary one.
Thousand of MUT students are being affected by this protest and they aren't happy because, the protest is affecting their academic year even more than it already has been.
The Minister has expressed concern when it comes to the protest and said during a chat with Newzroom Afrika:
I have asked my department to investigate and intervene at the Mangosuthu University.
Nzimande continued to explain that although he does not yet have thorough details around the current development at the university, his Department is committed and will continue to work with everyone to find solutions to the current challenges.
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Violent protests took place on Thursday at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. The situation seems to have calmed down, however, classes remain suspended. The Minister and the MEC of education in the province have addressed the matter.
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