DUT online registration extended to Friday

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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has confirmed that online classes for all first-year students began on Monday. Spokesperson Alan Khan says the deadline for online registration has been extended to Friday, April 16.

Five of its Durban campuses were closed last week after prospective students went on the rampage.

They were reacting to a false social media post, encouraging walk-in registration.

Sixteen students were arrested for public violence, illegal gathering and the contravention of the Disaster Management Act.

Khan was unable to confirm if the SRC president had been suspended at this stage.

“This is an internal matter which has not concluded as yet. Therefore, it would be unprofessional for us to make any further comment at this stage. DUT also confirms that remote online learning for first time enrolling students have commenced earlier today. We did that to ensure that the academic programme can still successfully conclude within this calendar year. It also needs to be noted that the majority of first-time enrolling students have already registered. We have approximately 92% of students registered,” adds the DUT spokesperson.

This the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) sports centre today. Those in the know say applicants said they want to register or need their queries attended to physically on campus and were not leaving until this was done. pic.twitter.com/HWTbuQCwaZ

— Siphumelele Zondi (@SZondi) April 6, 2021

Can anyone explain what is happening at Durban University of Technology? What was the envisaged process that didn’t anticipate this stampede pre-covid super-spreader?

Maye ngezingane zethu! @HigherEduGovZA @sthembete pic.twitter.com/212QVZyfHQ

— Sifiso Khuzwayo (@SHSifisoK) April 6, 2021