University of KwaZulu-Natal suspends academic programme following violence, intimidation of staff

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal has suspended its academic programme for the rest of the week after violence and intimidation of staff members at some campuses.

University Spokesperson, Normah Zondo says some students leaders have gone into buildings on campus and demanded from staff members that academic activities be halted.

Zondo says they also received reports of stone-throwing at some campus entrances.

The university will meet with the Student Representative Council on Tuesday to discuss a memorandum that has been handed over.

Zondo says about 60% of the students expected to attend the university this year have so far registered online.


Nelson Mandela University protest

Meanwhile, protesting students at the Nelson Mandela University, in Gqeberha, are blockading entrances to its north and south campuses.

The protest seems to be related to tuition fees and funding.

The university’s spokesperson, Zandile Mbabela, says there is also protest action on its George Campus.

“We are monitoring the situation on the ground. Staff and students are advised to liaise with their line managers and lecturers, respectively, on how best to proceed with the day’s operations and academic activities. We have also asked staff and students to keep an eye out on the university’s official communication platforms where more information will be shared.”says Mbabela.