The South African Students Congress (Sasco) in KwaZulu-Natal has embarked on a march to put pressure on the Durban University of Technology (DUT) management to re-open negotiations with striking workers at the institution.

The students marched to the office of DUT’s Vice Chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu asking him to give the striking workers the 8% salary increase they are demanding.

The management is only offering 6,5%. Since the institution re-opened for 2018 academic year, there has been no teaching and learning due to the strike.

Sasco’s Provincial Secretary Mqodisi Duma says the university needs to prioritise the needs of the students.

“We want to clearly indicate that as South African Student Congress in KZN we fully support the strike of workers at DUT. We are calling for the management of DUT to reopen negotiations with all unions affected. Out of plus minus 30 000 students that are expected we are told by our sources that less than 15 000 students have been registered so far. This must come to an end,” says Duma.

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