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Unrest at Durban University of Technology

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Four students have been arrested at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) following disturbances at the Steve Biko Campus on Thursday. 

“This morning at 10am a group of students blocked the entrance at Steve Biko campus and damaged the windows at the student apartment,” said police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele.

Members of EFF were aiming to hand over a memorandum of demands drawn up be SRC to the vice-chancellor but were not allowed to. These demands have financial and accommodation issues at its forefront, mainly around the issuing of NSFAS allowances for food and books and the eventual expected termination of the Bachelor of Technology programme, announced in 2016, which some students had already started.  It also saw students demanding that the university's academic programme be suspended until they saw resolution to the issues mentioned. 

Students taking action have realised that the university has had delays in recent issues with accommodation, allowances and registration and that these delays have affected the academic programme as well as having a negative effect on student's academic progress. 

University exceutives have responded by stating that a meeting took place with the SRC on Wednesday and that the shut down the students are demanding is not going to take place. 

Campus remains calm and those students who were arrested are expected to appear in court today. 

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